Yoga has grown tremendously in its popularity in recent years. Once a practice reserved for the truly earthy people, it now has enveloped society and improved countless lives. From muscle conditioning and strength training to flexibility and stress relief, yoga has become a staple in virtually every gym across the nation. So, if it has invaded all of the public workout spaces, why not have it in your own home?
At-home yoga practice, with instruction coming on-line, on DVDs, and even on some video gaming systems, has made learning the ancient art form easier and more accessible. Thus, using it as a supplement to your normal at-home routine will give your body some much needed variety, allow your mind to separate from stress and achieve some semblance of peace, and it will help to restore its energy for future training sessions.
You can incorporate yoga into your warm-up and/or cool-down during your normal workouts, or you can dedicate one day's training per week to a more rigorous approach. You may also elect to do a restorative, stretching-based yoga session on your rest day. This will let you activate the muscles, maintain a sense of flexibility, and stretch out for the next week's work.
To begin, try working on some basic poses.
Staff Pose - Basic pose that serves as a beginning and return point for other poses.
Cobbler's Pose - Normally follows Staff Pose in a cycle; thus, it too opens to other moves.
Child's Pose - Relaxation position that eliminates movement and muscle stress.
Downward Dog - Core yoga position that seeks to stretch the entire body from the fingertips to the heels.
Upward Dog - Long stretch that drives the chest and shoulders up and encourages posture and breathing.
Cobra- Full body stretch that seeks to widen the chest and emphasis deep breathing.
Corpse Pose - Normally the final pose in a session, as it encourages total relaxation.
Overall, including yoga is ultimately a great way to give your normal routine some spice, and it will, if invested in properly, give you as much mentally as it does physically. Be careful because you may just fall in love with it.