Yoga time and balance

How much yoga do you think you need to do every week? I think the answer is different for everyone based on a few variables. Age, level of fitness, injuries, how much do you use your body and for what, are you sitting in a chair all day, and so on. Having said all that, I think there are some averages on how much time to spend doing yoga and other exercises. First I will say I try to give myself some parameters, like 1 hour of strength per week, 2.5 hours of cardio type exercise, 2 full sessions of yoga per week with some additional stretching, and yoga times based on my activities. This means if I am sitting around a lot, I probably need some gentle yoga at the end of the night for about 10/15mins and conversely if I am really active the same. The idea for me is to let my body, life style and activities guide my exercise routines.

Find some routines for yourself and parameters based on your life style and needs. I will say, if I follow all the things, I feel pretty good in my body!

Yoga Teacher

I am a proud yoga teacher! I did my initial certification over 13 years ago and have never stopped studying, trying to learn more, gain more certifications, work with other professionals in my industry and then some. When I started yoga over 20 years ago, it was to deal with some minor achiness and see if it would help as I had been hearing so much about yoga and it did! It was that class and hundreds after that initial class that kept me coming back to feel good in my body.

Now after all this time, yoga done, certifications gained, I feel pretty darn good in my body. This is not to say I don’t have aches, pains and the occasional muscle pull, etc. I say all this because, I think some people think that because I am a yoga teacher that I either don’t have to put in the time necessary to feel good or by proximity to all this yoga and healing modalities, that it rubs off. I am here to tell you that, not only do I have to put the work in, I might have to put more in than the average person. I think people forget that using my body to help someone else’s is a lot of work for my body. I run around all day from place to place, demonstrate, do lots of yoga, bend over, as I mentioned using my body to helps someone else’s. I have to do the work!

There is no way around it, if you want to reside in a body that feels good with as little achiness and injuries as possible you have to do the work. The more active you want to be the more work and counter balancing you have to do.

So go ahead, do some yoga, find an amazing yoga teacher who has gotten certified and continues to study about anatomy and other healing modalities. Learn, grow, explore and feel as amazing I do.

Yoga, stretching, physical therapy & healing

Yoga, stretching, physical therapy & healing

I wish I could figure out how to encourage people to do the work it takes to feel good in their bodies. I am not sure its possible at this point, but it never stops me from trying. Yoga, physical therapy, foam rolling, using self massage balls, manual touch for healing and all these things that I study, learn, use to heal, will be there and continue to grow stronger for helping myself and anyone else who is interested.

I have so many tools to help people feel great in their bodies, but I cant do the work for them. I figured out long ago that if someone does not want to do the work necessary to keep the body running optimally, there is not much I can do. I have to meet someone where they are at, meaning if they just want to do a little, then so be it. I can try and encourage them, be tough with them, tell them all kinds of benefits and it means nothing if they are not into it. I see it all the time, even with people who do yoga once a week, they want to do what they want, not necessarily what I think would be good for them. We all bring all kinds of emotional stuff to the yoga mat, gym, etc and all those things are in play. I think sometimes we need to get out of our own way and let the professionals take charge, but it doesn’t always work that way.

It does make me a bit sad, but I keep learning, trying to figure out new ways to bring yoga, physical therapy and other healing modalities into the learning arena to help people feel great,  so when there ready, so am I!