“I’ve wanted to try yoga for a while but was concerned about not getting aerobic benefits. I wanted to burn calories. I kept reading how important balance and flexibility is along with meditation. I went to Andrew’s class not knowing what to expect. I was nervous but saw several friendly faces from town. There were people at every skill level including beginners like me. The first class wasn’t easy but I told myself I would give it 3 months.
Within the next few weeks I noticed a big difference in how I felt. I never stretched before and it really makes a difference. Andrew will give variations of poses so you don’t feel overwhelmed. I can do poses now I couldn’t a month ago. We laugh a lot and every class is different.
I highly recommend trying out one of his classes. You’ll be surprised how good you feel.” – Christine Marie
In December 2016, I was featured in Yoga with Sapna‘s article “Expert Tips: Break Free From a Monotonous Yoga Routine“. In the piece, I offered my advice for yogis and teachers on how to make their practice more interesting. It was an honor to featured alongside so many great yoga teachers who offered their wisdom. Thank you Sapna!
“As a yoga teacher, I incorporate other movement disciplines into my classes such as martial arts, dance, pilates and fitness to break the monotonous yoga routine. Currently, I am in the process of creating my own style that fuses these arts together. I often create my own signature poses and sequences to make the class interesting and intriguing. You can add any element of fun to make yoga interesting. Think of all your passions and combine them with yoga. I’ve even seen some people combine painting with yoga. They cover their hands and feet with non-toxic paint and practice yoga on a large art canvas. With each and every movement, they create a painting with their limbs as brushes” – Andrew Lee, RYT 200
Yoga seems to be the latest trend in fitness these days. From college students to celebrities, many have engaged in this mind-body art. Why has it become so popular? The answer may lie in yoga’s physical and mental health benefits.
If your muscles and joints feel tight, yoga’s poses (asanas) may help relieve your pain. That’s because every asana stretches muscles and “releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain and fatigue”. Yoga expands your soft tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, and leaves your body feeling limber. Just over eight weeks of yoga can increase your flexibility by 35%. In a recent study, 62% of a group of firefighters reported their flexibility improved over a six week yoga program. If you practice yoga continuously, the statistics suggest your flexibility can increase over a short period of time.
Prevents Arthritis & Disability
Yoga stretches your joints to their fullest extent. This lessens your chance of getting degenerative arthritis or becoming disabled. Various yoga poses exercise regions of cartilage that we rarely use. According to Dr. Timothy McCall, Yoga Journal’s medical editor, “[j]oint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up”. If your joint cartilage does not receive these nutrients, these unused areas “can eventually wear out”; this causes your bones to painfully grind against each other. Yoga’s asanas that squeeze joints lubricate your unused areas of cartilage. If you practice yoga now, your joints will thank you later.