Yesterday I shared how I fell off the wagon sort of speak in regards to my keeping the weight I was finally able to shed last year. In addition to adding music to my workout routines to get me excited again about working out and to help burn more calories, I have also been getting back into yoga again. Before I got pregnant with Savannah, I used to be a health educator, and would be put on classes and demonstrations for patients at the hospital I worked at, as well as to people in the community. One of the classes I found an instructor to teach and that always seemed to fill up fast was a gentle yoga class. This was during the time that yoga was becoming popular. I found myself taking the class and enjoying it.
While you don't find yourself sweating like you would during an intensive workout, you can feel your body getting a workout, and usually walk away from the class feeling energized and relaxed. In addition to the gentle yoga classes I attended at the hospital, I also enrolled in a couple of other intermediate classes, which I also found enjoyable. But, then I was diagnosed with cancer, and two years later welcomed daughters back to back in 2010 and 2011. So, my free time has been limited, making it nearly impossible to sign up and stick with a weekly yoga class. Last year, I ended up having to purchase a treadmill and other workout accessories as I didn't have the desire to head off to the gym after a long day with the girls. Instead, I would have my husband watch them, and then I would head to the basement to do a cardio video or other high intensity workout that really got me sweating and burning calories. As the year came to a close, however, I found myself getting bored with my workout routine, and would skip a day here and there. Knowing that I would need to find an exercise class or program that would help keep my 2014 resolution of keeping the weight off and staying active. Then, I thought back to when I took yoga classes and how much I enjoyed them.
Knowing that I didn't have a lot of time at the end of a busy day to enroll in a weekly yoga class, I looked for alternatives and stumbled across MyYogaWorks. And, then a few days later, I was contacted by the folks at Mom Central Consulting to see about reviewing this online yoga site. Call it fate...but, I took it as a sign to get back into yoga. And, that I have done. :-) After signing up for an account with MyYogaWorks, I have full access to on-demand classes that can be accessed at home, work on even on when traveling. MyYogaWorks offers specialty classes like pre & post natal yoga, meditation and more.
For me, I have found the best time to watch one of these informative and easy to follow along yoga instructional videos is in the early AM before the girls get, or if I am lucky mid afternoon when they girls go down for a nap. Most videos are about 15 minutes in length, making these great for a quick pick me up. I especially loved the "Nap Time Yoga for Moms" series. There are four videos in this series, which you can do separately, combine a couple or if you are lucky enough to about an hour of free time, can complete them all. I usually find that I can get 2 of these videos in at a time. My favorite of the videos in the series in the "Mommy Restore" as it really acts as a pick me up, and helps reinvigorate and up your energy level, so that I can tend to the girls. And, for me, yoga is also a mood booster. Whether I am stressed out, tired, or just feeling gloomy because of the cold weather, once I complete one of the online instructional yoga videos at MyYogaWorks, my mood is more positive, and I feel better overall. It is amazing how exercise, let it be yoga, a dance class, a spin class, etc., can boost your energy and leave you in better spirits. Knowing this, why wouldn't you want to make a point to fit a little exercise into your daily routine? I know that we get so busy and that the few free minutes we do find ourselves with, the last thing we want to do is exercise. But, take it from, a mom who is on the go from 6AM to almost 11PM every night, exercise is really great for your overall health.
Why not give MyYogaWorks.com a try today? MyYogaWorks offers 500 online yoga classes ranging in length from 5 to 90 minutes, which are available for all exercise levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced). You are bound to find videos that will teach you the basics of yoga, or advance your knowledge base, while leaving you feeling great.
Have an upcoming wedding? Then, why not give the "Wedding Journey Series" a try? Expecting a baby or recently given birth? You will benefit from the "Journey to Birth" and "Post Natal" series. And, for those who find themselves traveling for work, there is a great "Road Trip Yoga Classes" series that can keep you on track when it comes to including fitness into your daily schedule while traveling. No matter which videos or yoga series you participate in through MyYogaWorks, you will find yourself like yoga and the benefits that this form of exercise has to offer.
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I can't wait to hear what you think of the online videos. So, if you do get a chance to try them, please head back here and let me know what you think.
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MyYogaWorks. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.