Fit Friday: Yoga practice helps overall health

10:49 AM, Dec 11, 2009   |    comments
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For this week's Fit Friday, Maureen Kyle visited the newly opened Chagrin Yoga Studio and found practicing yoga can help keep you in shape and keep your stress low this holiday season.

"In through the nose, out through the mouth," Darcy Providente instructs the class.

Bending, breathing and stretching.

"And it's not boring, it's invigorating, it's energizing.  The movement in the class with all the people, it becomes an energy, it's a dance.  Rising on an inhale and exhaling and coming to like a moving prayer."

Those who don't regularly practice yoga might see this as more of a meditation than a workout. But the strength needed to hold poses takes muscle.

"Exhale bend your right knee, bring your heel all the way to your rear end and then stack your hips," Darcy says as the class moves in unison.

"You're not just moving your arms and your biceps and you're trying to build your quadriceps.  You're doing that too, but you're also stimulating all the systems, nervous system, up."

Darcy is the owner of Chagrin Yoga.  She says yoga is more about the mind and body connection than the ability to bend.  

"How flexible do you have to be to do yoga?  Not at all.  Because what happens is you get on your mat and the warmth of the room and the breath that you start using, you'll find space in the room that you never knew you had."

Even though it looks like a stretch, inside and out, yoga is an effective workout for a healthier and happier lifestyle.  

"That's one of the huge benefits is that it really does twist and wring and energize and stimulate all the organs of the digestive system, tummy, heart, lungs."


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