This article is brought to you by Katie Harding, registered yoga teacher and Avadim Health employee.
Practicing yoga can be pretty intimidating if you haven’t tried it before. The industry is often flooded with images of thin, bendy yogis floating seamlessly into handstands, which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be an attainable reality for many of us!
Yoga really is a very simple practice. In its truest form, it is the connection between your physical and spiritual self. A mind and body connection. A connection between our breath and our movement. This practice of intentional movement is a form of moving meditation, which has also been found to reduce anxiety and may even help reduce blood pressure.
The benefits don’t stop there. The range of motion that many yoga poses offer can increase blood flow and even help prevent joint and cartilage breakdown. Yoga can also help you improve your balance and reduce inflammation.
Obviously this won’t all happen overnight—we call yoga a practice for a reason. And some days may feel better or different than others. Just remember that consistency is key, and doing something is always better than nothing. In fact, just 15 minutes a day of breathing and stretching exercises can help you improve your flexibility and focus.
So where to begin? Start by finding a comfortable, quiet place in your home. Then all you need is an exercise mat and an open mind.
Watch this video for an example of a simple, beginner yoga flow you can do at home.*
Note: We recommend that you always talk to your doctor before starting any new type of exercise, and to let any instructors know about injuries or pain points before trying a new class.
*Adriene, the yoga instructor featured in the video, is not affiliated with Avadim Health.