Today Show: Fitness Trends
Even if you have never tried it out, you have probably heard about Yoga, an enduring form of exercise. Today Show’s Jenna Wolfe took a look at how the practice has survived and thrived throughout history, as well as the modern touches participants are putting on the form.
Wolfe said she is not a Yogi, but she noted that it has inspired and/or complemented a wide variety of popular fitness classes. Here are some of the types of Yoga that you may have heard about:
- Hot Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
- Bikram Yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Anusara Yoga
- Ashtanga Yoga
Today Show: History of Yoga
According to Today Show, the practice of Yoga dates back as far as 5,000 years. Nothing would stick around that long if it wasn’t resonating with practitioners. “It stretches, it strengthens, it tones,” explained yoga instructor Narisara Vanichanan. “It help you connect to your heart, mind, body, and breath.”
These days, yoga instructors are incorporating requests from exercisers who want the breathing and stretching to incorporate core work, cardio, and strength training. This seems to be a shift toward higher-intensity workouts.
Today Show: Barre Class Vs Yoga Class
Barre Classes are growing in popularity, because they offer a mind-connection similar to Yoga. “You do have a meditation-like effect when you take a Pure Barre class, similar to the experience of a yoga class,” said Pure Barre franchise owner Tiffany Currid.
Pilates also has its roots in Yoga, though Wolfe’s report called it “more structured” by comparison. Have you ever tried a Yoga, Pilates, or Barre class? What do you think about these fitness trends?
Today Show: Yoga-Inspired Pilates Hybrid Classes
Pilates has gone on to inspire its own flurry of related classes and workout methods. Have you heard of any of these classes or routines?
- Piloxing – Pilates + Boxing
- TRX – Pilates + Suspension Training
- SLT – Pilates + Cardio + Strength Training
- YAS – Yoga + Spinning
Would you want to try any of these new hybrid classes?
Today Show: What Kind of Yogi Am I?
Depending on your fitness level and familiarity with Yoga, you can use the following guidelines to help you figure out what to try next in terms of Yoga and fitness.
- Hatha Yoga – A great introduction
- Restorative Yoga – Relaxing yoga
- Bikram Yoga – Intense hot yoga in 104-degree heat
- Power Yoga – Less heat, but a faster pace
- Ashtanga Yoga – Six physically demanding poses
- Barre – Small isometric moves
Today Show: Yoga at Home
Before you commit to a gym or pay for a class, maybe you’d like to try practicing Yoga in the comfort and privacy of your home. Here’s what Today Show recommended.
Find a comfortable and quiet spot. Be sure to warm up before you start, just like you would for any other workout. Also, it’s usually best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. If you need some guidance, check out YouTube videos or free apps for your phone or tablet to help you get started.
Today Show: Enhance Your Yoga
What about experienced Yogis? Wolfe had a few suggestions to help you change things up. She suggested practicing at home between classes. Maybe you can find a new class or teacher who will shake up your routine. If nothing else, hold the poses longer or try some new ones. What do you think about all these Yoga tips? Will they have an impact on your fitness routine?