From movies to fashion and advertisements, to water cooler conversations, yoga has been a hot topic for a number of years and there is very good reason why.
It is healthy. A quick search on the internet will produce dozens of articles, from credible sources, stating numerous reasons for the popularity of yogic practice.
This low impact exercise is a great way for individuals to ease into an exercise routine and increase flexibility and strength with each workout.
It is easy on the joints proving popular with seniors and those dealing with injuries, especially to the joints.
Yoga is also helpful to those in peak physical condition and can effectively round out an exercise regime; it serves as both a stretching and cardio workout.
An increase in physical strength, flexibility, muscle tone and balance are some of the results of a regular routine.
Yoga can also be practiced during pregnancy and with babies and young ones.
When children start young they often continue with yoga throughout their lives.
Yoga, through proper stretching and breathing, improves everyday posture whether sitting at a desk, walking or running and relieves stress resulting in mental sharpness and deep, restful sleep.
Yoga can also be the gateway to a healthier lifestyle and helps with toning and weight loss.
After sticking with a regular yoga routine for a few months many experience improved breathing and digestion, as well as an immune system boost. Although it will not clean your house, fix your plumbing, or drive your children to school, fitting in one or two yoga sessions per week will result in some of the above mentioned health benefits.
It can be difficult to stop in the middle of a busy day to stretch and breath without the commitment of a class.
The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex offers a variety of classes, including Yoga for 55-plus, Intro to Power Yoga, Yoga for Lunch, Yoga with my Baby, Yoga and Meditation, Kids Yoga and more.
Whether your only time for a class is during your lunch hour, or you want to bring your baby with you, the complex has a class to fit your schedule and your ability.
Kids Yoga classes are new to the CMRC this fall. Bring your child to a free class on Tuesday, Sept. 17 to see how they like it.
The free Kids Yoga for children 10-13 years old will run from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and Pretzel Yoga for children six to nine years old will take place from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Inquire about scheduled yoga classes at the CMRC or call 250-398-7665.
Classes are also listed in the Active Living Guide, available at the CMRC and numerous locations around the city or online at www.activewilliamslake.ca.
Registration is available in person, online or by phone.