January is the perfect playground for any habit you’d like to try to establish or take to the next level. One popular option for people who love yoga: start a daily practice. Here are some of the best guides for a 30-day yoga challenge, and some tips on how to keep it manageable.
We’ve discussed what to expect at your first Crossfit WOD and how to get up the nerve to try a yoga class for the first time. There’s a lot more out there, of course! What are you curious about?
Maybe you need something to warm you up now that there’s a chill in the air. Maybe you’ve heard that hot yoga is relaxing. Or maybe you want to try something that’s challenging and yet, in some ways, easier: your muscles are more flexible when they’re warm. Welcome to hot yoga.
If you’ve never done yoga, it looks intimidating. People are flexible, fit, trendily dressed—wait, I might be thinking of Lululemon ads rather than actual yoga classes. It turns out you can have a great experience at a yoga class even when you’re brand new, and we asked yoga instructors how.
You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, although it certainly helps for some poses. But there are plenty of moves you can do even if you have the world’s tightest hamstrings. We love this list from Health that spotlights great beginner poses that don’t require much flexibility to get started. Here are a few to try:
Infertility is rough enough without headlines implying your yoga practice is to blame. A recent study found that certain flame-retardant chemicals may make it harder for you to have a baby, but despite the downward-dog stock photos, yoga mats weren’t involved in the research.
I like having some direction in my life, but signing on for a 12-week running program, or a full week of specific meals, is kind of a big commitment. Adidas’s new fitness app, All Day (free on iOS and Android), takes a different approach: it’s full of short, self-contained adventures to choose.
Do you dream of doing handstands? Me too. This video will not make you a handstand master, but it will help you stretch your wrists and come closer to finding your balance over your hands.
If you’ve got back pain, yoga may be the last thing you feel like doing. But after 12 weeks of a gentle, beginner-level yoga program, people in a recent study had as much pain relief as those who did physical therapy sessions. And either type of exercise worked better than doing nothing at all.
I like working, but I don’t like work clothes. If I can’t wear my standard uniform—sweatpants that the Salvation Army threw in their dumpster; a ratty Eagles t-shirt; half a shoe—I can’t concentrate. This is largely why I work at home.
I love that there are so many different, independent places to take yoga or dance classes or try out Crossfit. But when you have to check each studio’s schedule, it’s a major pain to answer simple questions like “Can I take a beginner class somewhere on Saturday morning?”
Yoga is great for flexibility, strength, and balance, but we’ve never taken it seriously as a form of cardio. According to a new study, though, cycling through poses at a fast pace—we’ll show you how—can give you a workout on par with a light aerobics class.
It sucks when office anxiety spills over into time you want to spend relaxing. In an attempt to combat post-work stress, I tried this quick yoga routine designed specifically to help you de-stress and it actually helped me feel super refreshed after a long day.
If mornings aren’t your thing or you’re prone to an afternoon lull, try this quick yoga routine aimed at boosting your energy. You don’t need any equipment and you can do this exercise even if you don’t have much room to move.
Yoga can be a fun way for kids to get exercise and learn about how their body works, but not every kid is interested in the yoga routines their parents do. Cosmic Kids Yoga is different: little ones follow along with a story on the screen, and the poses and stretches just happen to be part of it.
Is today the day you’re going to start working out more often? Or are you just getting back to what you used to do before all the holiday parties messed with your schedule? Either way, it’s time to get started. We’ve picked out six workouts that are perfect for your first (or second) day back.
The basic crow pose is an advanced-beginner yoga pose that’s a great stepping stone for teaching you to balance on your hands. And it’s like the gateway balancing pose to the other badass yoga moves, but it can also be really practical: you get to work on hip flexibility and improve your shoulder, chest, and core…
Working out when you don’t have much room to move around or any exercise equipment can be tough, but here’s a yoga routine you can do just about anywhere without any special equipment.
Breaking up long hours of sitting at your work desk with stretching or walking breaks sounds very nice in theory, but regularly putting it into practice is easier said than done. Well, here’s a yoga routine that takes you only three minutes to complete. Plus, you don’t even have to leave your desk.
Push-ups are awesome for building upper body strength; the downward dog is equally great for stretching your calves, shoulders, and a few other areas. Combine them and you’ve got a great warm-up or “rest day” movement that helps increase range of motion in your upper back, while getting you stronger.