September is National Yoga Month. If you’re a seasoned yogi with all the tips and tricks already up your sleeve then you already know how much it can change your life. But perhaps you’re not. Perhaps you’ve always heard people talk about it, but have never really given it a shot. The lingo alone can be daunting for a first-timer. Not to mention the gear.
Yoga, simply put, is a succession of stretches that will ultimately allow your body to sit in meditation for hours, should you be so inclined. It’s not a religion, a way of life, or a destination. You can’t do it right or wrong, aside from hurting yourself. There is no time limit you must reach or perfect pose you must achieve. While many people do make it into a religion or way of life, you do not need to buy into any of that to reap the enormous benefits from doing yoga.
To help inspire the yogi in you, below is a short list of simple solutions to some common quandaries.
Why you should try it
The American Osteopathic Association describes the benefits as two fold, “Aside from the array of physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which has been known to have devastating effects on the body and mind.” Yoga doesn’t have to be a group project. Yoga can be done anywhere. Grab a mat or pull up a soft patch of grass and get your Namaste on!
What you should bring
While sweating it out is uber healthy, hydration is critical. Grab a water or something with flavor, like this Vita Coco! It is natural Coconut Water, NOT from concentrate. Yoga alone will help you break a sweat, but if you choose Bikram yoga, you can lose even more water. Hydration will ensure all toxins released actually leave your body. Score! Whatever you choose, just hydrate! You’ll also want to grab a hair tie (NOT a clip) and a yoga mat (most places have them to rent if you don’t want to buy one right out the gate).
What you should wear
Too many accessories clutter an outfit! Yoga might look easy, but those poses will work you out. Ensure a great time by wearing movable and breathable clothing, and everything is more fun with a pop of color! Think sitting on a couch on a rainy day. Pants that will stay on while you’re moving around are great and a tank top with built in support. Sweats are fine. Lycra is fine. Yoga pants, obviously, work great.
Yoga isn’t just for the ladies
We’ve all seen the photos of dozens of ladies doing yoga, but it is just as healthy for men! Grab a pair of shorts, gentlemen, and get on out there. Yoga is for you, too!
What is Bikram? It simply means yoga in a room that is about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll sweat, you’ll bend, you’ll release toxins from your body and your mind. Just make sure to drink lots of fluids. And move slowly, passing out is not a good time!