Relax, it’s Just Yoga

Jeanie StaskoJeanie Stasko is a Health Educator for Rex Wellness Centers who blogs about fitness, exercise & overall healthy lifestyle topics.

Last weekend I decided to make a commitment to myself that Yoga would become a part of my weekly routine. You’re probably thinking that scheduling another activity is the last thing you need. But in reality, it is scheduling a time for relaxation.

I can think of over a million things I need to do every day but in terms of benefiting my health, I should really make my yoga class a priority (and make it one for the rest of my family too). Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn’t about turning yourself into a pretzel. The yoga poses provide gentle stretches that unwind the body from the previous week. It’s amazing how much taller, lighter, and more aligned you can feel after just a one hour class. Yoga’s benefits far exceed the one hour time commitment. After last week’s class I felt like I could approach the rest of my day and week ahead with a more calmed mind and relaxed body.

In my opinion, the most difficult part of Yoga is clearing the mind of superfluous thought and focusing in on relaxation. The entire purpose of Yoga is to attain a state of tranquility through meditation. It is truly a challenge to keep the mind focused on the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath rather than drifting off into thought about life’s to-do list.

Whether or not Yoga is your cup of tea, I encourage everyone to set time aside for genuine relaxation and meditation. I absolutely love my new yoga routine and I hope I’ll see you in class.

Check out the Group Fitness Schedules for upcoming Yoga classes at a Rex Wellness Center nearest you.

  • Valerie Drohan

    I’ve been taking the yoga classes at both the Cary and Raleigh locations for the past 3-4 months faithfully and have found SUCH a difference in my balance, strength, and flexibility.  Also I can go to a yoga class “tight” in my muscles or fuzzy in my brain(or both!) and come out of there a whole differenct person!  I feel so much better now that Yoga is a part of my life!  I wish they had more classes – I can’t think of anything better for people my age (50+)!