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Read what the experts say:
"Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week. However, If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that's fine too. Don't let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don't worry about it. You will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice expands naturally, and you will find yourself doing more and more." Cyndi Lee, Yoga Instructor and Author
"If you want to reap the benefits that yoga provides, you'll have to do it consistently. A once-a-month yoga workout may relieve some stress, but for benefits like increased flexibility and stamina, you should aim to practice yoga three or four times a week. It generally takes about 4 to 6 weeks of regular exercise at least 3 days a week for your body to begin to release the endorphins that make exercise such an uplifting experience." Pascale Kavanagh, Yoga Instructor and Author of Teens Forum
"As with any form of exercise and for optimal benefits, two to three times a week is recommended. With a regular weekly yoga practice, your body will begin to form a kinesthetic memory which will easily guide you into the postures, help promote continual improved overall alignment, and help attain full integrity of the postures. Yoga can be practiced daily or incorporated with any type cardiovascular regimen." National Academy of Sports Medicine
So, friends, there you have it! Yoga does a body good, and it also benefits your mind and heart! The wonderful thing that I have learned from my study and practice is that when I do yoga more often, my body seems to crave it. Then I see that I have become more flexible, I am stronger, and overall, I have a happier, calmer sense of well-being.
This morning, Wednesday, we have a 5:30 a.m. Power Yoga Class with the theme of twisting to increase the flexibility of the spine and strength of the core. I also do private trainings on Wednesday afternoon, and we can schedule one at 4:00 - 5:00 on another day if you wish.
Tomorrow, Thursday, November 3rd, Tranquility Yoga offers two classes. One at 5:30 a.m. and another at 6:40 p.m. These yoga practices encourage weight loss by adding in some cardio intensity along with balancing, core strengthening, and muscle toning.
Friday, November 4th, we have our modified Astanga yoga class at 5:30 p.m. Anyone can do the Astanga yoga which is considered Yoga Chitkitsa or yoga therapy. It works on the theme of pose and counter-pose. Some people may want to modify especially during the ten Sun Salutations.
Saturday, November 5th, yes, we have class! Thank you for your patient understanding about last week's Tulsa Run special event. One yogini went with me, and we had a great race-walk! This Saturday our yoga classes include the early bird power house with 7:00 a.m. and beginner's mind class at 9:00 a.m. In between we have a coffee or tea time for community building. At 7:00 a.m. we will be working on balancing and at 9:00 a.m. we will be learning more about spine flexibility with movements to encourage a healthy back.
Sunday afternoon, 2:30 p.m. is our regular Pose Specific Yoga where we practice 5 - 7 poses without the vinyasa flow or continual movement between postures. This coming Sunday our class will be a Warrior Class! Don't forget that Daily Savings Time is off, but we are on!
Next Monday, November 7th, we will enjoy our Rock and Roll Yoga at 5:30 - 6:15. 45 minutes of fast moving sun salute fun!
Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. we will be back to our regular lower body flexibility improvement class.
So, if you are a new beginner, I recommend Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. or 6:40 p.m. We go a little slower, more attention to detail, less flowing movements.
If you want a great workout, where you really build body heat and get your heart rate higher, I would suggest the morning classes, Thursday evening, Friday afternoon/evening, Saturday early morning, and Monday afternoon/evening. If you want more attention and detail, I would recommend scheduling a small group session with 2 - 4 or other people or a private training. However, beginners can always modify in the more difficult classes, and intermediates can always ramp up the intensity in the harder classes.
Bottom line, I will always tell you...the more you practice yoga, the easier it gets; the easier it gets, the more you like it. The more you like it, the more often you will want to practice. Woody Allen says that success is 80% just showing up. Pattabhi Jois said, "Yoga is 99% practice and 1% talent." Nike says, "Just Do It!"
Jeanne Kay says, "Getting on the mat is the hardest part. Just come to class, and I know you will be glad you did."
Future yoga events:
November 8: Our third anniversary celebration at Tranquility Yoga in Owasso! Thanks to Nancy and Cheryl for asking me to start this great adventure back in 2008!
November 11, 12, 13: Yoga Workshop at Inner Peace in Tulsa
November 12: Yoga Workshop at Tulsa Yoga Therapy in Tulsa
November 18: Community Building Dinner at Tranquility Yoga in Owasso at 6:45 p.m. MMMmmm. Homemade Angel Biscuits and Stew night!
November 24: Thanksgiving Day free class at 9:00 a.m. Donations for the John 3:16 Mission. Turkey Trot at 8:00 a.m. Walk/run for 45 minutes or not! (: You can just come for coffee with Brian and wait for our yoga stretch!
Have a great November day! Remember you are valued and cared about at our home. We want you to be part of our yoga family!