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How to Get the Most Out of Your Yoga Class

By Genevieve Cunningham

Yoga is a great way to keep in shape. It's gentle on the body, yet challenging. It boosts both mental and physical health. It can be found in most gyms, making it easily accessible. And it's easily adaptable to fit all body types and health conditions. If you haven't given it a try yet, it's time to do so. But joining a yoga class is more than just showing up. It's about gaining the most benefit. If you would like to make each class count, take a look at these ways to get the most out of your yoga routine for ultimate better health.

Listen to the Instructor

This might seem like a no-brainer, but many forget just how important this really is. It’s important to listen to more than basic instruction … it’s important to listen to all of the tiny tips they provide. When they tell you to change positions, do it, and then listen to the details. Turn the hips, straighten the spine, pull in the belly button. These tips can make all the difference in how much benefit you gain from each move.

Use the Modifiers

There's no shame in using the modifier whenever you need it. The key to gaining the most benefit is doing what's best for your body. If the teacher offers a modification to a move that you find incredibly difficult, go ahead and use it. Perform the modified move until you have it perfect. Once you get this move down, you can move on to the more advanced version. Performing a move incorrectly will only harm your body and prevent you from making progress in your yoga routine.

Practice the Mental Aspects

The physical aspects of yoga are fantastic. They can elongate the muscles and help you build strength. But if you really want to gain some good, focus on those mental aspects as well. Focus on improving and deepening your breath. Focus on calming the mind and lowering stress. Incorporating these mental aspects will help you improve the physical aspects as well, and you’ll get a deeper and more balanced workout through your yoga practice.

Yoga is a great way to get in shape and stay that way. It’s good for almost every person, no matter the age or physical condition. Make sure you go into your next yoga class with these things in mind, and you’ll get more good from your practice and boost your health for good along the way.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Covina, Calif.

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