If you've ever wanted to try yoga, it's time to get out the mat.
Whether you are a fitness fanatic or just starting to exercise, yoga may be the exercise for you. This mind-body exercise includes physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.
By practicing yoga, you can:
More than one hundred styles of yoga are practiced in the United States. Ask your doctor if there are any types that you should avoid. Then find a class taught by a certified instructor. A typical yoga class consists of a warm-up, a work phase that includes flowing poses and deep stretches, a cool-down, and a final relaxation phase.
BCBSRI members can try free in-person yoga and other fitness classes at Your Blue StoreSM locations in Cranston, East Providence, Lincoln, and Warwick. Sign up for a class at bcbsri.com/events. You can also take online exercise and mindfulness classes (including yoga) at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through the Your Blue Store Studio Facebook group. The online classes are open to everyone, and videos of the classes can be viewed anytime on the Facebook group. Classes are different every day, and all fitness levels are welcome.**
*National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
**Not all exercises are suitable for everyone and any exercise program could result in injury. Always consult with your physician before beginning an exercise program, especially if you have an existing health condition.