5 Reason Why Doing Yoga At Home Is Better Than Yoga In Studios

yoga-lady-poseIf you have been doing yoga for some time, great! You are taking the first step to take responsibility to build better health and better body for yourself. And we can likely guess that most of your yoga sessions are in yoga studios. In Singapore, there are many yoga studios all over the country.

There are studios in shopping malls, in office buildings, or shop houses. Nowadays, your company might even engage yoga instructors to conduct classes in your company function area!

However, there is a place for yoga sessions which you might not have consider.

At the comfort of your own home!

As our blog is about doing yoga at home, we will want to share with you why doing yoga at home is better than doing yoga in crowded studios.

1. You have the flexibility.

yoga-flexibilityIf you have yoga sessions at studios, often times you have to follow a fixed time decided by the studio to do your lessons. This is because the studio has to cater to a group of people (and not just you). Hence, if you want to go for their lessons, you need to agree to their timings.

But if you have yoga lessons at home, you can be flexible with your timings! Early in the morning? In the late afternoon? Or midnight? You decide, as long as your yoga teacher is okay!

2. The comfort of your home

yoga-frogFor lessons at yoga studios, it is very common to have group lessons with other yoga enthusiasts. It can be good because you can make friends with other like-minded people who are passionate about yoga. But the downside? The room can be so crowded that you can hardly do your yoga lessons at peace.

However, having yoga lessons at your own home, you have a choice. You can engage a private yoga instructor to have one-to-one session with you. Or at home, you can get a buddy along, and both of you can have lesson together. You see, at most, there is just a handful of people doing yoga in a room. No distraction, and you can fully focus on your session.

3. Save Money (Unlike Most People!)

cut-credit-cardDid you buy gym or yoga memberships before? Do you know that almost 85% of the memberships are never fully utilised? Most people got a annual membership that can give them X number of session, but most people won’t even fulfil half the sessions.

Lots of money wasted!

However, if you have a private yoga instructors, you don’t have to waste all those money that many people are wasting. You are making your money worth by paying only for lessons you are going to.

4. Personal Attention

crowded-peopleIn big groups of yoga sessions, how often do you have a yoga instructor coming over to you and show you the correct way of your yoga pose. How often can you have a close heart to heart talk with your yoga instructor to find out about his journey to be a yoga practitioner? Hardly.

Because your class will have 10 people (some classes have even more) competing for his limited time!

But if you have private yoga lessons at home, your instructor can be your friend. He is your personal guest, and you have a closer relationship with her. You feel more motivated to pursue yoga.

5. No need to travel

clock-cartoonThat is probably the best reason why you should consider yoga lessons at your own place. You see, many people are always excited about yoga at first. However, as time goes, it is normal people start to get lazy. They may come up with excuses, like the need to travel to yoga studios just to have 1 hour of lesson (while the trip to and fro can be 2 hours!).

Because of these, many people give up yoga. But what if you remove the obstacle of the need to travel? What if you can have the instructor coming over to your house to do lessons? Won’t it make it easier? You have no excuse now! What’s more, you can even decide which room at your home for yoga!

So there you go! 5 reasons why you should be doing yoga lessons at home, instead of squeezing with others in crowded studios. We hope you enjoy, and follow us to find out more about doing yoga at home!

Can doing yoga help you lose weight?

Yoga is one of the popular activities in the last decade and is highly recommended by health professionals too. As we have been talking about doing yoga at home, we do get some common questions. Yoga brings along many health benefits, but can it help you lose weight? 

obeseWeight loss is a huge concern in many first world country. Obesity is known to cause many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, and many more. Governments of many first world countries like the USA, Germany, and even Singapore, are tackling Obesity as young as 10 years old.

If yoga does help in weight loss, then it is one activity that should be promoted to help obese people!

Does it really help? Let’ hear from the experts!

1. Beth A. Lewis, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology in Minneapolis

“Regular yoga practice can influence weight loss, but not in the “traditional” sense of how we link physical activity to weight loss. Typically, weight loss occurs when a person’s calorie intake (i.e., food and drink consumed) is less than their caloric expenditure (i.e., energy is expended all day and more is expended during exercise).

“Most individuals need to change both their energy intake and energy expenditure to lose weight.

Many yoga practices burn fewer calories than traditional exercise (e.g., jogging, brisk walking); however, yoga can increase one’s mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. So, individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.

“Individuals may avoid foods that make them feel sluggish and lethargic (most processed foods). Instead,individuals will seek out foods that are healthier, which then may lead to weight loss.

“Additionally, many individuals eat more when they are feeling stressed and yoga can help combat stress, which can influence one’s energy intake.”

2. Dr. Lewis Maharam, fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine:

“Yes, and actually it’s become in vogue with a lot of celebrities like Madonna, Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston. Yoga is a sophisticated tradition with physical, relaxation and breathing exercises.

But aerobic exercise is what helps you lose weight. “If someone wants to lose weight in yoga class, they are going to have to be in a class that challenges them. They have to make sure that their heart is going to beat faster. “There’s all different levels of yoga. There is yoga that’s meant for the mind, and there’s power yoga that’s more of an exercise.

You’ve got to be sure that you’re doing something more than just a mind experience with relaxing stretches, if you want to lose weight.”

If you keen to know more, hear from all 5 experts on yoga about weight loss here

As you can see, there is a high tendency that doing yoga does help weight loss. How much weight can you lose by doing yoga?

That depends on how much yoga you will do!

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OM Yoga Music For Your Yoga Sessions at Home

When you do yoga, you know that you need a good environment to get yourself ready. You have your equipment ready, you are in the right attire. You are ready to start. Now, as you are doing yoga at home, with your instructor or with your friends, you need take note of the above things yourself. Unlike in the yoga studio, everything is ready for you.

To help you get started, here is a list of OM Yoga Music to help you set the mood in your home. These tranquil music will manage your mood and emotions during the whole yoga session.

If you have other music to recommend, do let us know as well!

Do You Exercise Regularly?

We know how important excising is. And that’s why one of the excises we recommend on this Home Yoga blog, is of course, Yoga! Many people love yoga. Yoga is suitable for people of all ages – the young, the old, the busy. Everyone. That’s why you see so many people are signing up yoga packages nowadays!

But what if you don’t like yoga?

There are more options out there.

One way that you can still keep fit without strict dieting, is to exercise regularly. You can join Fit Club Singapore, as they are a group of fitness enthusiasts who work out week in week out together to help each other keep fit.

You may think it is just a group of people doing exercise together. Yes, you are right! It is like that, that’s all! But there is power in group exercise! It is not just about jogging with your friends, or doing push ups, counting 1…2…3 together.

When you have friends exercising with you, you tend to be more motivated. You don’t take little chances like ‘let me rest for 5 min first before I continue’. Your friend will push you to your limits. Alright, they may not push you that hard. But if you see them running and not stopping, you will push yourself more than usual. This will keep you going, instead of losing the motivation to go on.

When you have friends who run with you, you also have an accountability partner. This is important in achieving your goals. All your goals need motivation and accountability. No accountability, no success. That’s simple. When you set a goal to exercise 3 times in a week, and you keep it to yourself, you may tend to give yourself some leeway to miss that goal.

After all, who knows you didn’t hit that goal? Only you.

But when you have a friend… things are different! You will behave differently! You will want to show your friend that you keep to your word, and you will not give up and be lazy. Your friend, just by being a partner, is enough to keep you going to achieve the goals you set. Isn’t that powerful?

Are you motivated to keep fit now? Find out more about fitness programs offered at SGFitnessClub.com as well. You will be fit in no time!

Just before you log off, this is what happens when you say you will give your best to achieve your goals. Remember, you can be better than your current self. You just need someone to push you to achieve it!

 

Why Yoga is An Art

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It seems that there are some people who are a bit unsure with the main reason why yoga can be considered an art. Some people think yoga in Singapore is a sport because it helps them with their body while there are also some people who think that yoga is a form of relaxation. The fact that it can be considered a variety of different things

It is very evident that yoga can do a lot more for the body than typical exercise. While it can do other things such as strengthening the core, there are still other things that yoga can do. You can already take yoga classes at the soonest possible time. Here are some of the benefits that you will feel:

  • Let Go of Your Feelings of Stress

Do you always feel stressed about the things that you do every day? There is a possibility that you do not know what you should do anymore. Remember that you can always let go of the stress that you are feeling and feel better about yourself.

Learn more on how you can use yoga to your advantage here:

  • Yoga Helps Your Body Recover Better

There is a possibility that your body is having a hard time recovering from the different things that you are doing every day. When you eat, you might be placing toxins in your body. You might also be getting some damages because of the environment. When you do yoga, it will be easier for your body to recover from the stress and this will also make you feel better.

  • Yoga Helps You Connect with Yourself

Are you having problems with trying to understand the things that you ought to do? Remember that through yoga, you will be able to reach deep into your soul and understand the things that you did not understand before.

  • Yoga Helps You Bask in Silence

Silence is something that some people do not like because they do not feel that they feel good when they are alone. The great thing about yoga is that you can feel at peace even when there is no sound available. You will start to see the beauty of yoga when you try it.

Make sure that you will try out yoga at the soonest possible time. You have to make sure that you will experience the best things in life and this will not be possible unless you start doing yoga. What you will feel when you do yoga can only be called an art because you cannot describe it properly in any other way.

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Soul Searching

Can we imagine having this life without art and music? I do not think if we can survive without that. Art is a way of communication which reveals more than what you can do through speaking. Likewise music is something which soothes our nerves and give us a relaxing sensation, something which cannot be done either through medication or anything else.

There are many countries where in school art and music is a compulsory subject for the students. The analysis shows that student score maximum grade in this subject compared to others because they enjoy themselves while attending the classes and think openly to give their best.

Art and music is a great medium to distress yourself. People going through difficult times or having rough patches usually end up creating a unique art form which becomes memorable like a poem, a sketch or anything. At times you cannot convey with words as appropriately than through art and music.

Almost any culture and tradition, be it mature and civilized or the one followed by people from remote places still not developed, music is integral part of their lives. Any event, be it happier times or sad moments, music plays a pivotal role and conveys the message to others through it in a definite manner.

Surpassingly this is a talent which is not learned nor inherited but can only be improved. Artist and musicians are born only.

Going back to 1400 BC, music was an integral part of church events mostly in western countries. Around the same time in Asia, music became the perfect emblem of the courtesy for the rich people.

Gradually people became aware and realized that music was something which they wanted to learn and be part of. This helped spread it across different religion and tradition in some form or the other.

It never happened that any artist or musician was ever hackled by the society to not practice their passion. It was always considered the gift of god and got support from the society for the passionate people to learn and spread it.

In the modern ear, art and music holds a unique and relevant place in the society where people now encouraging their children to go for it. Even though music and art was never discouraged but people would never come forward to take it as their career because of insecurity and lack of uniformity and consistency.

But due to the awareness and need of this form in our life, people are coming forward and helping the kids to get more involved in this rather than pushing them into education only. This is a welcome change which is a win-win situation for parents as well kids as they are now able to live their dream openly.