No matter what kind of job you do, fitting in some time to de-stress and relax can help you stay physically and mentally healthy. Many people turn to yoga for help, since it’s a fun, relaxing activity that nearly anyone can do. Yoga can benefit everyone, men and women alike–from frazzled executives to super-busy stay-at-home parents, and everyone in between!
September is National Yoga Month, designed to educate people about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. Yoga promotes a healthy body, mind and spirit through a combination of stretching exercises, breathing techniques, and meditation. The potential health benefits of practicing yoga include lessening the effects of back pain, stress, obesity, asthma, and more! Another benefit of yoga is that it can be done pretty much anywhere (like your home or even at work), and you can do yoga with others or on your own.
If you have always wanted to give yoga a try to see if it’s right for you, now has never been a better time. During National Yoga Month, the Yoga Health Foundation is offering a One Week FREE Yoga trial that you can use at one of about 2,000 participating yoga studios nationwide. Log onto their website at http://yogahealthfoundation.org/one_week_free_yoga, request the One Week FREE Yoga trial pass, and check out a studio in your area.
Here are some other ideas of ways you can try yoga without spending too much money:
- Ask about new student promotions. Many yoga studios offer new student promotions, in varying degrees of value. Some studios may offer a free week, discounted first month passes or even a pay-by-the-class price.
- Find deals online. Websites like Groupon or LivingSocial frequently offer money-saving deals on local health and fitness businesses.
- Buy blocks of yoga classes. If you have a busier schedule or work odd hours and don’t think you have the time to go to a class every week, many yoga studios allow you to purchase blocks of classes (a card for 10 or 20 classes) and you can ‘drop in’ on a class whenever you can fit it into your schedule.
- Community yoga classes. Check with your local community centers, like the YMCA, or local community colleges. They may offer yoga classes at a greatly discounted rate.
- Practice on your own. You can do yoga no matter where you are!
- On the go ideas: There are many free yoga apps with complete workouts and videos. This is a great idea for those who travel a lot and are always on the go!
- At–home ideas: Instructional videos and even video game systems, like the Wii Fit or Xbox Kinect, allow you to practice yoga by yourself, from the comfort of your own living room. Many cable systems also offer free on-demand yoga videos. You could also invite some friends over who have always wanted to try yoga, and make it a party!
Yoga may be able to help you become healthier and even happier. If you’re interested in trying it, take advantage of one of these free or low-cost ideas and get started. Namaste!
Remember, before beginning any new fitness class or regimen, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.