Yoga Teacher Training: weighing the pros and cons

Like most yoga enthusiasts, I’ve often contemplated getting my 200-hour yoga teacher training. It’s become almost a status symbol, or a mark of honor. As if all “true” yogis have gone through this rigorous, structured training.

I think I would enjoy it. I can picture myself forging deep bonds with the other students in my class. Opening up about my personal experiences with yoga. Allowing my heart to open more and journey deeper into my spiritual practice.

And, of course, there are obvious physical benefits. Although I practice frequently, doing the training would force me to practice even more. I’m convinced that I would come out of the yoga teacher training being able to do handstand and maybe even getting close to scorpion pose.

But every time I look into it more, there’s a piece of me that thinks it’s a little ridiculous. $3,000 and a few months of my life, all for a hobby? Would I even want to teach at the end?

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The Ultimate At-Home Yoga Guide

Source: Kukoon Yoga
Source: Kukoon Yoga

My New Year’s Resolution back in 2014 was to do yoga once a week, every week, no excuses. While 2014 has long since come and gone, my yoga habit has remained.

But unfortunately yoga classes can be super time consuming. Let’s say you’ve got 10 minutes to get there, you want to be at least 5 minutes early, then the class is an hour to an hour and a half, and by the time you get home basically two hours of your day is gone.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going to yoga classes. They definitely offer perks that yoga at home can’t bring you. The community and hands-on instruction are necessary to advancing your yoga practice. But sometimes it’s just not gonna happen.

When you’re pressed for time (or $$), doing yoga at home using online yoga videos can be a great solution. Here’s the tools you need to get the most out of your practice: Read more

Home Workout Equipment Showdown: Resistance Bands v. SelectTech v. TRX

Home Workout Equipment

For anyone who works out at home or would like to work out at home, choosing the right equipment to invest in can be a big decision. And while there are many workouts and programs you can do equipment free (like this one), the right equipment can help you get the best results possible and open up a much wider variety of workouts. Unfortunately the equipment can be expensive, and there are a ton of different options out there.

Of all the options, three of the best tools for a full-body workout in a small space are resistance bands, select-tech weights, and the TRX. I’ve used all three of these (and successfully completed p90x3 and Chalene Extreme with this equipment), so I’m here to weigh in on the pros and cons of each so you can get your best workout – all from the comfort of home. Read more

3 Step Process to Become a Morning Workout Person

Morning Exerciser

I have never been a morning person. I love sleeping in late, hitting snooze, and setting my alarm for the last possible minute (I often set alarms for 7:18 – somehow that extra 3 minutes is really going to do something for me!). But if you read much about working out, time and time again you hear about how people who work out in the morning are more likely to workout consistently.

And it makes sense! How many times have you been planning to workout after work and something comes up? Friends want to meet for dinner, you forgot you have to go to the post office, or a million other different things. It’s so easy for other commitments to pop up throughout the day, so working out first thing ensures you always have time for it.  Also, willpower gets weaker throughout the day – after a long (sometimes hard) day at work, sitting on the couch binge-watching Friends reruns may seem a lot more appealing than a workout.  Read more

How to Conquer your Fear and Get in the Weight Room

Weight Room

The weight room, in many gyms, consists of tons of jacked dudes in tanks doing bench press and deadlifts with giant barbells, all making similar grunting noises. It smells like sweat and testosterone and can be utterly intimidating for the average female gym-goer. We’ve been to bootcamp, we’ve done the at-home YouTube videos, we know the moves, but somehow we still shy away from the gym’s weight room. But strength training is sooo good for us, so how can we overcome this fear? Unfortunately, it eventually comes down to just getting in there and doing it, but knowing some etiquette and having a plan can help you feel more prepared and confident.

First, let’s start off with my weight lifting story: I was one of the lucky ones –  I started lifting all the way back in high school at the local YMCA. It was a very family-friendly place, and since I went right after school when it wasn’t busy, I wasn’t that intimidated lifting there.

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20 Minute Workout: Legs and Cardio Tabata

LEGS TABATATabatas are my absolute favorite workout when I’m short on time – they’re quick, they’re effective, and the format makes it easy to create a workout that’s perfect for my goals that day.

If you’re new to tabatas, they’re a form of High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, that is rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. And by work, I mean all-out, balls-to-the-wall work. Tabatas have been shown to help with fat loss and increase aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels. For more on the science of tabatas, here is a great article. It’s also helpful to have a tabata timer. My favorite is to simply use tabatatimer.com. The same website also has an app, but the app is $2.99 (available on Android and iOS). Read more