Yoga is breathing control, simple meditation and the adoption of different postures. But a quick scroll through social media will show you lots of contorted bodies on white sandy beaches in far flung locations that make yoga look like something other people do. Don’t let that put you off. There are some incredible benefits to be had.
Glasgow isn’t without its fair share of yoga studios and devoted yogis. If you’re all about strength training you might have written it off but you don’t need to commit to it daily, burn incense and wear tie dye to get the most out of it. There are 14 types of yoga, the style of each is very different. Hatha is smooth and relaxing for example, while Ashtanga is more challenging.
The Reactive trainers recently took part in the Broga teacher training course. Broga offers a style of yoga that promotes strength and conditioning. It promises the “pumped up feeling of working out” as well as deep flexibility and relaxation. What’s not to love?
As the name suggests, we are about to trial Broga for our male gym members. But also as part of the women’s personal training and group training sessions. It is for everyone! Broga has been popular the world over. This Huffington Post article talks about how it was first invented to appeal to men as a sportier form of yoga. It has since become popular with women too in line with the increase in popularity of women’s strength training.
Yoga – The Stress Solution
Now for some real talk; stress is a part of modern life but too much stress will impact your training and your health. We know that long-term stress can have an adverse effect on mental health and well-being. We also know it has a corrosive effect at a cellular level on all the systems in the body. It can even go on to damage your immune system. There is tonnes of academic research into the subject, you can read all about it here.
If further reading hasn’t convinced you of the dangers of prolonged stress. Cortisol – the stress hormone can also play havoc with your body. Increased exposure to it increases your visceral fat, in particular abdominal fat. Fat around the middle is the most dangerous kind, linked to cardiovascular disease and a host of other dangerous diseases. So its more important than ever to relax!
It’s not the only answer but yoga offers a simple way to help manage every day stress. It is also another form of active recovery and helps to maintain strength and flexibility on your ‘days off’.
We know that exercise is great for improving energy levels and can help towards a better night’s sleep. Yoga in particular is proven to help if you struggle to drift off and achieve a full eight hours of sleep a night. Harvard Health performed a national survey in the US of people who practised yoga and not only did 85% of them say it lowered their stress levels but 55% said it helped them sleep better.