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This sounds great! I will be keeping an eye out for new blogs too.
>>> The heated room obviously makes you sweat heavily, which helps to flush away toxins and impurities and improve circulation.
Yoga has done wonders for my running and doing Yoga in a heated room probably has some good benefits, but the "sweating out toxins" thing is a myth. From Columbia University's Health Services:http://goaskalice.com/7781.html
". . . inducing heavy sweating is not an effective method of ridding your body of toxins — though it's very good at ridding your body of vital fluids, potentially leading to dehydration. Sweating releases traces of toxins (less than 1% of the body's total content), but in reality, its sole purpose is to prevent overheating. The liver and kidneys (not the sweat glands) are the body's true detoxifiers. They filter toxins out of the blood and the body releases them through urine and feces."
A good a good electrolytic solution is 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice, 1/3 teaspoon of salt (preferably celtic sea salt).
>>> 5000 years old, yoga
While the philosophy and practice of Yoga is likely thousands of years old, the Asanas (Postures) aspect of Yoga in it's current form is only about 100 years old.
This article caught my eye this morning just as I am about to go outside to do some yoga in the garden! I have been practising yoga on and off for years and it is brilliant, not just for keeping me flexible for running but also for getting rid of back and shoulder problems that creep up and get me from time to time. I am not super bendy and the lotus is not for me, but that doesn't matter!
The benefits that I did not expect from yoga include strength - some of the postures are pretty challenging - and improved concentration, especially with the balancing postures. Also, it makes me feel more grounded.
Must go - I have a sun to salute!
I nearly had to give up running a few years back because of a degenerated lower spine (prolapsed)....Started Yoga becuase of free classes at a local Gym I was using at the time and have never looked back!
I still get back problems and have to be very careful when handling goods or bending, but running regularly now as well as Triathlons etc.
Don't go to classes anymore but try and preactise at home following recoreded TV classes (although not easy to follow when trying to perform the poses) but do try to do a Sun Salutation every a.m. & p.m. (more if poss') and sure this helps.
If my back does go, it now normally only lasts a day or so whereas before Yoga, it was sometimes months!!
I would recommend yoga retreat.
I have been to a few yoga holidays in St Lucia which helped me to get rid of my back ache.
And there’s me thinking I lived in a cosmopolitan area of the country (Chester, North West) with close links to Liverpool/Manchester – hmmmm but can I find??? Nope!
There is a bikram yoga centre in Manchester, its in the norther quarter, nearish to the Buddhist centre - which also does yoga lessons I think.
I've signed up for yoga classes, got my first one tomorrow evening. Doesn't actually say what specific type of yoga it is, so I hope we're not doing it in a heated room.
Wondering if I'm going to be the only guy in the room...
found some with a distance just need to get a little closer to Chester/Runcorn now..
Is there any good Yoga Centers anyone can recommend in Edinburgh? Moving there for a few months in July due to work.
Hey Running Yogis and Yogini's -
I'm facilitating a series of specific yoga workshops for runners this spring 2012. If you're curious about yoga as a cross training tool, or looking at how to tailor your existing practice to your running needs then these are for you.
Follow this link for details on Yoga for Runners around the south coast.
Warmest wishes, Emma