Local Insights: A Local Yogi’s Perspective
by Kerri Lampos
Based on a recent study conducted by the Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal, 36 million individuals are practicing yoga, embracing the ancient practice for its positive effects on physical and mental health. It is doubtful though, that the majority of yogis recognize the ancient practice for any cardiovascular benefits, even the 14 million yogis over the age of 50, when cardiovascular health becomes even more important.
Some strategic coordination can help individuals get a cardiovascular workout from their personal practice. Sequences such as the 12 postures of sun salutations, which strengthen the entire body, including muscles, nervous system, brain and all other organs, can be designed for warming up. The pace of the postures can be sped up while continuing to practice the sequences.
All yoga practices aren't created equal. Most drop-in yoga classes do not provide the type of cardio necessary to elevate the heart rate for a long enough interval unless the class is described as more of a fitness yoga class. Yoga provides fitness for both body and mind, but it is not necessarily the only thing a person should practice for wellness.
Kerri Lampos is the owner of Revival Yoga Wellness Studio, located in the Esplanade Shoppes at Marco Island, and 4270 Tamiami Tr. E., Ste. 16, in Naples. For more information, call 239-393-3400 or visit RevivalYogaStudioSwFl.com.