Next Wednesday, June 14th, one of San Diego?s local stations is going to film Padres utility man Eric Young sweating it out doing Bikram Yoga. From what we understand Eric relies on Bikram yoga for his off-season conditioning. What?s also interesting is that Padres trainer, Todd Hutcheson, has integrated yoga into the Padres? training regimen for two years now. Left hander Ryan Klesko has touted the benefits of yoga in several interviews. So what?s the deal? Easy. Yoga promotes flexibility, strength and mental discipline.
There are two major areas of controversy with respect to the practice of yoga: 1. Is it a sport? 2. Is it religiously affiliated? We'll leave the second question for now and tackle the first.
Yoga has become a mainstay in our culture and the benefits of a regular practice are undeniable. Connecting with your yoga community and sharing a space where you can move and breathe together can be an unparalleled experience. But let’s face it – many of us can’t always carve out the time in our busy day to drive to our favorite studio or teacher. The good news is that no matter where we are or how much (or little) time we have, online yoga services have made accessing top studios and teachers as easy as entering a password.
It started innocently: one day the Bikram Yoga room felt a little cool and I had come to get my sweat on! C’mon. What was going on here? This is Bikram Yoga. You know, the “torture chamber.” Here I was, being tortured by a cool breeze and goose bumps.
What to do? Add clothing. Problem solved.
It took a year before we were sold.
But even at the very beginning we took notice. There was never, ever, a wet spot under our mat. Ever. Wow. We are BIG sweaters. Big. Ask anyone. We pour. At one point in our Bikram Yoga practice, we were offered a 3rd towel. We sweat that much. So having a mat completely impervious to liquid is a wonderful thing.
But it is what we noticed after a year that has made us believers.
Some like it hot and some like it not.
Some like it hard and some like it soft.
Some like it early and some like it late.
Some like yoga and some are dumb. ;)
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It's an overused term, but apt for the many who are denied athletic freedom by their Monday through Friday workweek grind. Come Saturday "Weekend Warriors" are eager and fearless despite unconditioned muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons.
Is yoga your workout of choice? Do you maintain your practice when you travel? If not, we have some ideas that could change that.
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Tamara Turkisher contributed this blog. She is an insurance agent, dog lover, foodie and exercise enthusiast.
From Yoga to Bootcamp
I workout religiously and I like routine. My “normal” 6 days a week sweat extravaganza includes a Hot Vinyasa Flow Class, and/or a Yoga Sculpt Class (heated Yoga combined with Weight Training and Cardio), and/or Barry’s Bootcamp, which is a combination of Cardio/Treadmill intervals with weight training etc. It works for me.