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September is National Yoga Month


When I lived in LA I did Tae Bo, ran the Santa Monica steps, roller bladed, and started doing yoga. I will be honest, I only started doing yoga because it was the " in thing" to do. However, I quickly saw the mental benefits.


I moved back to Cleveland and there were not many yoga studios around me.

I started practicing yoga DVDs and on YouTube. I found a studio in a city about 20 minutes away and went to their Saturday morning class. I couldn't make any evening classes because of the drive time there and back, work, and having a baby but then one day a studio right by me opened. I started going to their fitness classes (AHHHH my love for HIIT was born!!!!) and all levels vinyasa, then took my first hot power class and yoga sculpt class and was hooked. I went ALL. THE. TIME. I was probably at my calmest I had been in a very long time.


When this studio offered yoga teacher training I jumped at the chance.


Over the past few years, I’ve taken breaks from yoga here and there. Life gets busy and I couldn't make the time to go to the studio classes. I was also teaching 5 times a week plus my normal full time job. Most recently when Covid first hit and lockdowns came into place I started teaching online, I started a YouTube channel, and doing lives on Instagram and Facebook. This completely wiped me out. I was trying to do so much for my students and be there for them I got burned out. I had to take a break and step back. Recently I have been dealing with vertigo and balance issues and yoga has become hard for me because of these issues. But I keep trying because even 10 minutes relaxes my mind and puts be in a better mood. It helps with stretching my body too and with my back and neck issues.



National Yoga Month

In 2008, the Department of Health and Wellness officially designated September as National Yoga Month. This annual observance is a great opportunity to raise awareness and educate Americans about the health benefits associated with yoga.

As Harvard Health Publishing points out, there are many different types of yoga. While challenging yourself by pushing the boundaries of your body’s strength and flexibility (while also controlling your breath) will feel amazing at the time, the rewards extend well beyond the mat. Citing research, Harvard stated that regular yoga practice is associated with:


  • Better body image

  • Mindful eating

  • Boosts in weight loss and maintenance

  • Enhanced fitness

  • Cardiovascular benefits

  • Mental and emotional benefts

  • Reduced anxiety and depression

  • Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility

  • Yoga helps with back pain relief

  • Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms

  • Yoga benefits heart health

  • Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better

  • Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods

  • Yoga helps you manage stress


In these busy times, many of us are not getting enough rest, and studies have shown that yoga can also help you get a good night’s sleep.


Where to start:


Find a local studio. Keep trying different styles and teachers. Just like with anything else teachers have different styles of teaching. Some you will click with and some you won't.


Check out Instagram for yoga instructors and YouTube for free classes.


My favorite to follow on Instagram are:

  1. Me ( nikkilanigan.yogaandwellness)

  2. Ashley Turner

  3. Sadie Nardini

  4. Eddie Stern

  5. Kristen McGee

  6. Yoga Girl

  7. Beach Yoga Girl


YouTube:

  1. Journey Junkie

  2. Sarabeth Yoga

  3. Yoga with Adrienne

  4. Some of the older Tone It Up Yoga flows from Karena and Katrina can be found on YouTube.

Yoga Apps I like:

  1. Alo

  2. Peleton

  3. Melissa Wood Health

  4. Tone It UP


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