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Blending Body, Mind and Better Health With YogaFit

Looking for a new workout? Then you must try YogaFit®.

YogaFit combines elements of hatha yoga with traditional fitness exercises and stretching routines. YogaFit first appeared on the fitness circuits in 1994 and was largely viewed as a hybrid of yoga designed especially for athletes.

YogaFit is great for even the most casual athlete, though, because it integrates body and mind for total performance, and is therefore an effective means of achieving body/mind health. Plus, YogaFit features both strength and conditioning components and uses contemporary music to enhance the experience.

Benefits of YogaFit

YogaFit is very easy to learn. Many health clubs, studios and recreation facilities have YogaFit in their programs. Once you have attended one class, you will be hooked. I say this with authority because I am a certified YogaFit trainer and have seen it happen many times!

The physical and mental benefits of a YogaFit workout are wonderful. A YogaFit workout not only works the muscles but also triggers a variety of biochemical and physiological reactions. YogaFit, as a hybrid of yoga and exercise, confers a variety of physical and mental benefits and leads to improved health and vitality.

"After class, I enjoy the tingling feeling in my muscles and the next morning, my body feels tight in a good way," says Lisa Ogenda, who regularly attends YogaFit classes in Kenosha, Wis.

Just as Ogenda has discovered, the most important benefits of a regular YogaFit practice can be observed after just one week if you practice 45 to 60 minutes, three to five times a week. Continue your regular practice for another week and you will see these benefits further unfold.

After this two-week intensive YogaFit training, you will feel familiar with the poses and the sequencing and you'll see and feel how your body has started to change and your mind has become clearer. To keep up the good work, try to get in as many 45- to 60-minute workouts as you can each week, but never fall under three per week. You can split up the time, doing a 30-minute workout in the morning and a 30-minute workout in the evening, but try to get in at least three 45- to 60-minute sessions per week.

What to Expect

Here are some of the most important benefits of regular YogaFit workouts:

  • Counteracts brain aging
  • Minimizes physical effects of aging
  • Dramatically improves muscle tone
  • Visibly reduces stress
  • Enhances willpower and determination
  • Promotes natural weight loss
  • Significantly improves posture
  • Stimulates digestion naturally
  • Improves overall health and vitality
  • Strengthens the immune system

It's important to remember that we store many emotions and memories in our muscles that can be released during a YogaFit workout. For example, hip openers such as the Pigeon pose might trigger physical sensations or emotional reactions. Do not be alarmed if you cry or have an emotional release during a YogaFit workout. This is a natural part of yoga and the healing process. Do not react to anyone else's emotional release during class or try to fix the situation, as you will only call more attention to it. All you can do is provide a safe, comfortable, nonjudgmental environment for yourself and others.

"I looked forward to class each time, for the challenge, the release and the best part, the relaxation at the end of class," says Kelsi Shroetter of Beak Park, Ill., who regularly practices YogaFit.

Finding Release

Just as you might experience an emotional release during a YogaFit class, you might also experience a physical release. A physical release might manifest in any of the following ways:

  • Tingling sensations
  • Mild nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

In time, these sensations should pass. If they occur, take it easy or just rest. If you choose to continue with the practice, go slowly until the sensation passes.

Be assured that these physical reactions are not uncommon and are a natural way for the body to release stress and tension. Not everyone experiences physical or emotional release in these forms. Observe how your body reacts to the YogaFit practice without making any judgments.

You Can Do It

"If you can breathe, you can do yoga." – Beth Shaw, president and founder of YogaFit Inc.

Beth Shaw, president and founder of YogaFit® Inc., was born and raised in New York City. Shaw never planned on becoming a beach-dwelling yoga guru. "If somebody had told me that I'd be a yoga instructor, I would have laughed," she says.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in marketing from Long Island University, Shaw headed west and discovered the Pacific and yoga – and fell in love with both. Shaw began seriously studying yoga and earned certifications in White Lotus Hatha Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy.

In 1993, she began teaching yoga and quickly discovered that traditional methods didn't meet the needs of the fitness club clientele. YogaFit was born as Shaw invented a unique blend of yoga, strength training and stretching.

In 1997, just three years after its inception, YogaFit began training instructors nationwide. Today, there are more than 30,000 YogaFit instructors in the United States and thousands more in Europe, Turkey, Australia, China and South America.

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