I’m by NO means a spiritual yogi (though I totally get that “zen” feeling. I just get it from burpees, lol). I’m the girl giggling in the back while everyone is Oh-mmming, and who can’t stand spending the last 5 minutes in Corpse pose (lying still is just NOT my thing).
BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t love the benefits of practicing yoga regularly. Adding it to my weekly routine has VASTLY improved my technique, form and performance in every area of fitness I can think of. I can squat deeper, my balance improved, my stabilizers are strong, my hips and my back are more flexible and even my pushups/plank improved with regular yoga.
If you’re new to yoga, I recommend taking a few classes to get used to the terminology/form/technique etc. It’s easy to injure yourself without modifications and an instructor can guide you through beginner poses better than a DVD can. BUT, if you are somewhat familiar with the terminology and classes aren’t your thing, there are THOUSANDS of yoga workouts, FULL ones, available for FREE on Youtube.
Tip: before doing a yoga workout or DVD, watch it first and give yourself permission to press pause, rewind etc. It’s tough to keep an eye on the instructor when you’re upside down, and you want to make sure you’re doing the poses correctly. As you get used to it, it becomes easier, but at first give yourself the upper hand by reviewing the flow before you start.
Some of my favorite online Yoga workouts (usually do 2-3 a week)