The regular practice of yoga can increase energy levels, flexibility, strength, relaxation, and decrease stress.
As we enter the new millennium, fitness professionals are becoming more aware of the movement toward spiritual forms of exercise. Programs like Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and body work are common in fitness clubs and community centers. To keep up with today's stressful lifestyles, we must do more than increase our heart rates and pump iron to maintain maximum health. Mind and body fitness can facilitate this by achieving inner balance and harmony in mind, body and spirit.
January is the time for setting goals and resolutions for most people, and getting in shape is usually at the top of that list. However, if you are fitnessphobic, the idea of putting on gym clothes can be rather intimidating. Most gyms in Los Angeles are a smorgasbord of hard bodies, which can leave a beginner feeling like chopped liver. Only about 20 percent of the population exercises on a regular basis, so you are not alone if you haven't already started a program.
Parents, teachers and health professionals have reminded us of the essentials: eat a balanced diet, don't smoke, exercise, get plenty of sleep and have regular check-ups. What they never explained is why?