So you've heard about modern Yoga? It's a mix of physical, mental and spiritual elements that promises many physical and psychological benefits. Yoga is suitable for a wide variety of people, from young to old and getting into it does not have to be a daunting experience.
What can Yoga do for you? A reduction in fatigue, a better outlook on life and a better general mood are but a few. It sees also that Yoga can help regulate the stress hormone cortisol.
Of course cortisol itself is not bad, but prolonged elevation of this hormone due to chronic stress can have a cascading effect on your body. Uncontrolled cortisol levels can play a part in blood sugar issues, weight gain, cardiovascular disease and a list of problems too long to mention here.
Yoga, like meditation, is a fairly simple addition to your daily routine. It does not require expensive equipment, just a bit of space. You do however need proper instruction. Once you've mastered the techniques of Yoga you're free to go your own way, but it's very important to learn the art correctly. There's always a risk of injury in any physical activity and Yoga has a range of techniques that go from novice to advanced. It's important not to overreach yourself.
If you feel ready to get your stress, fatigue and energy levels under control you'll want to find an instructor. Local gyms or Yoga clubs are good places to begin, but be aware that there's no easy way to know if an instructor is the real deal or a fly-by-night operator. The fees for group instruction may also discourage you from committing to learning Yoga.
The good news is that in the age of the Web and smartphones you do not need to travel to a gym or try and fit in with someone else's timetable. You can sign on for a reputable and easy to follow online Yoga course. Online Yoga training can be done at your pace wherever you want. Online Yoga classes can involve a life instructor when you need advice and some courses teach Yoga with a specific therapeutic bent, if you want maximize those benefits of the art.
They also have the benefit of generally being inexpensive compared to offline training, so there's little risk. In fact it may be advisable to start with online classes before committing to full time participation in the local Yoga community.