Yoga

Chitown Yoga Classes

Yoga is an amazing form of exercise. Unlike stretching or other forms of fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures; we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breathing. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind!

The Benefits

  • Improves Flexibility – One of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.

  • Perfects your posture – Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired. And fatigue might not be your only problem. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

  • Improves Balance – Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves balance. People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems and back pain. Better balance could mean fewer falls. For the elderly, this translates into more independence and delayed admission to a nursing home or never entering one at all. For the rest of us, postures like Tree Pose can make us feel less wobbly on and off the mat.

  • Builds muscle strength– Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.

Moazam

I know, first hand, how much of a toll being overweight and unhealthy can take on one’s life. Not too long ago, about 5 years ago, I was 315 lbs. I was staring at a life of obesity and health problems on top of the mental anguish that comes from the isolation and constant judgment. I decided to make a change. It wasn’t easy, it took real commitment and unending discipline. Over the course of 2 years, I lost 150lbs. More importantly, I’ve re-gained myself. I now live and breathe health fitness because it has the power to transform not only your physical health but also your mental well-being.

I think my favorite part about being a personal trainer is that I can torture people during their workouts and get paid for it! But all jokes aside the real reason is that I know first hand the positive impact of getting and being in shape can have on one’s life and I also know firsthand the judgment, insecurity, and self doubt of being out of shape can have on one’s life. As a personal trainer I actively help individuals push away from being out of shape to becoming in shape which equates to higher self confidence and sense of well being and just enjoying life to the fullest. Transforming someone to becoming the individual they always wanted to be.

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