I am by no means a yoga expert, but a few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and try yoga. I was unsure of it mostly because I am weary of things that are in surrounded by hype. But I tried it, and fell in love instantly.
I decided to start with an easy method. I chose Candlelight Yoga done by the Crunch Series. This is a series I have been working out with for years, mostly with dance exercises. I think it was the perfect yoga DVD to start out with. It teaches you the concept of breathing in a relaxed atmosphere that focuses on gentle stretches. After I followed this DVD, I automatically felt better and found it fairly easy to try other Yoga/Pilate techniques.
I actually tried Pilates in college, but found it boring and not at all rewarding. It just goes to show how much I have changed in the past few years. Back then I was always on the move, I didn't want to slow down for anything. Of course, back then I was also in the best shape of my life and had no reason to not go full speed toward all the possibilities I had before me. However, now, all I want is to slow down and relieve some of the tension the years have given me. Now, I understand how important it is to stop and breathe.
Candlelight Yoga is perfect for slowing down and unwinding. I continue to go back to this DVD and follow through it once or twice a week to keep stretched out and relaxed. I completed the routine tonight and immediately felt better (and I wasn't even tense.) I could feel my entire spine relax like it hadn't been able to breath fully for years. I never realized how much I slouched until I started doing these exercises. My back and posture have greatly improved in just a few weeks! I feel better physically and emotionally. And most importantly I am able to keep up enough energy to chase Zoey around all day.
I really enjoy yoga and would recommend it to anyone. I am by no means an expert and I doubt I have even attempted half of the techniques or positions yet, but I am ready to try. The best thing about Candlelight Yoga is you can find it and many the other Crunch Series workout DVDs on Netflix instant queue. I love this because I can go through many different routines throughout the week (I love to keep my workouts different and challenging so I don't get bored.)
I wanted to share this new passion with the world...Namaste.
*note: I am not affiliated with or profiting from Crunch or Candlelight Yoga. I simply found this specific yoga routine and wanted to share my personal opinion about the product.