Those who have taken yoga classes would likely find themselves in a class with mostly female participants. Despite the misconception that yoga is a women-only activity, regardless of age or gender, yoga is a practice that benefits everyone. To learn more about the yoga practice and its misconceptions, Yahoo Shopping chatted to Adeline Tien – Singapore’s only certified Yoga Tune-Up Instructor and Restorative Yoga Teacher Instructor at TFX.
We chatted about the multiple benefits of yoga, why everyone including children, pregnant women, men and seniors should practice yoga, Tien also shared valuable tips on preventing injuries during your yoga practice. In addition, Yahoo Shopping also shares how you can deepen your yoga practice with yoga retreat promotions both domestically and internationally. And especially for our dear readers, we have prepared an exclusive 7-day free TFX fitness pass for you! Read on to find out more.
With 20 years of experience, Tien has a wealth of knowledge related to yoga. According to Tien, yoga involves body, mind and breathing. It is a total body workout that can improve flexibility, increase bone density, regulate blood pressure, develop better breathing capacity, manage stress, improve concentration, cultivate mind-body awareness, promote better posture, and have other health benefits.
Yoga is a secular practice suitable for all genders and ages: from children to men to expectant mothers (yes, yoga can help pregnant women enjoy an easier pregnancy and childbirth) and seniors. Teachers like Tien have had students ranging in age from seven to seniors in their 80s. For newcomers, the trick is to find a yoga practice that’s right for your fitness level and health concerns. Beginners of all walks of life can kick-start their practice with yoga essentials like a mat and comfortable, stretchy clothing. Here are some of Yahoo Shopping’s top tips to get you started.
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Interestingly, hatha yoga, a physical form of yoga, began as a practice reserved exclusively for men in India. So it’s a shame how people associate yoga as a women-only activity, no thanks to promotional tactics where young marriageable women are usually used to marketing yoga as a sexy and trendy activity.
Even those interested in cardio exercise can have the misconception that yoga is a slow, relaxing workout. On the contrary, there are many varieties of yoga: from calming ones like yin yoga and restorative yoga to strenuous ones like HIIT yoga, hot yoga and power yoga. There’s a yoga practice for everyone if you give it a chance.
For those new to yoga, Tien warns that it’s crucial not to rush into the practice or exceed your physical limits. She shares 11 tips to protect yourself from injury.
Yoga teaches us to listen inward to what our body is telling us and to enjoy the moment of self-discovery and mindfulness.Adeline Tien, Yoga Program Manager for TFX and Singapore’s only Yoga Tune Up certified teacher and trainer for Restorative Yoga teachers.
11 top tips to prevent injuries during yoga practice
Don’t go beyond what your body is comfortable with or capable of.
Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel good.
Give yourself time – practicing the poses over and over again will help build familiarity.
Communicate with your teachers – let them know when you’re in class for the first time, nursing an injury, unwell, pregnant or need to leave class early.
Take things slowly until you are sure.
Use props and change poses to suit your exercise and body.
Try to stay mindful during the exercise.
Don’t forget to breathe. Holding your breath builds tension in your body.
Rest days are just as important as yoga days.
If you are injured, there is no shame in stopping practice to take care of yourself.
Child pose is an option to take when you want a break or when other poses are too complicated or challenging.
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Courses are available at TFX Funan, TFX Millenia Walk, or TFX Pacific Plaza. Redeem by June 30th. The terms and conditions apply.
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