When You Should Eat Before Yoga

Article by Verywellfit

Bending and twisting into yoga poses can be uncomfortable—and even nauseating—with a big meal sloshing around in your belly (never mind the fact that it ups your chances of passing gas during your session). But that doesn’t mean you need to come to the mat with a completely empty stomach. You’ll want to go to class with a good amount of energy and without the distraction of hunger. 

As with most things yoga related, you know your body best and should let it lead the way. With just a little bit of planning, and some trial and error, you can figure out what’s best for you.

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Pilates for Core Strength and Flexibility

Article Featured on Verywellfit

Pilates started out like many fitness trends, with many of us wondering if it would be around for the long-term.

With our focus on connecting the mind and body and building a strong core foundation, it’s not surprising that Pilates is not only still around, but growing each year. While Pilates is like yoga in many ways, it has a different focus and provides different results. If you haven’t tried it, learn more about what Pilates is and what it can do for you.

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What to Expect on Your First Time on a Pilates Reformer

Article Featured on Pilates Anytime

For a beginner, a Pilates Reformer can appear more foe than friend. With long, wily straps, a large frame and moving platform, there’s good reason for the trope that this particular Pilates apparatus looks like a medieval torture device. But there’s no reason to fear the Reformer, especially if you know what to expect before your first attempt at Footwork or Knee Stretches. You, too, can master (or at least, control) the Reformer and other Pilates apparatus with a little help and a little practice.

Here’s what to expect your first time on a Reformer for Pilates at home or in the studio:

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Yoga Transitions: How Each Pose Prepares You for the Next One

By Laura Williams, MSEd, ASCM-CEP | Featured on Verywellfit

Yoga sequencing can seem like a bit of a mystery. Sure, there are some pretty common flows, such as the standard sun salutation, but no two classes are ever exactly alike, which begs the question, “How do yoga teachers know how to string individual poses together to create seamless arrangements? How do they know when, where, and how to transition between poses?”

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Power Yoga History and Health Benefits

By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywellfit

Power yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider power yoga to be superficial “gym yoga,” this style of yoga practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method.

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How to Practice Mindfulness While Running

By Christine Luff | Article Featured on Verywellfit

Mindfulness is the art of keeping your mind in the present. You’re not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, but rather focusing on what you’re doing, whether it’s playing catch with your kid, eating a meal, running on a trail, or writing an email. Being mindful is reminding yourself that you’re in control of your thoughts and your body.

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An Overview of the Yoga Lifestyle

By Ann Pizer | Featured on Verywellfit

You may have started doing yoga just to get a good workout, but it’s not unusual to discover that the time you are spending on your mat is infusing the rest of your lifestyle choices. If you find yourself lusting after technical fabrics and road tripping to yoga festivals, or your bookshelf is filling up with yoga classics, you’re seeing the yoga effect in action. Here’s your guide to pulling together yoga, life, and style.

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Most Popular Types of Yoga Explained

By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywellfit

One of the biggest hurdles to starting yoga is figuring out what style of yoga you want to try. It’s often confusing for beginners because the class names and options are so broad. While almost all styles use the same physical postures, each has a particular emphasis. This cheat sheet highlights the differences so you can determine which type is most appealing to you.

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Yoga Adaptations and Props for Wrist Pain

By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywellfit

Many yoga poses, such as plank and chaturanga, rely on putting weight on your wrists. This can be quite difficult and painful if you have a condition like osteoarthritis or are dealing with a wrist injury.

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The Benefits of Pilates to Your Overall Health

By Camille LeFevre | Article Featured on Next Avenue

Tiza Riley’s client has spinal stenosis, severe osteoporosis and a rotator cuff injury that was never repaired. Still, at 82, her client has never felt better. She does Pilates (pronounced pih-LA-tays), the increasingly popular exercise system for women and men.

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