Yoga for You – How to get started

Hey GirlMoguls – it’s Lily here, and we’re so excited to have another post in our Healthy Living Series from a true GirlMogul, Kristin McGee. Kristin McGee created Power Yoga and has been on MTV as their yoga guru. She’s so into Yoga and thinks it’s a great exercise even for girls like us that she just created a cool new DVD – Bendigirls Yoga. This DVD provides a fun and approachable way to enjoy this ancient spiritual practice while helping viewers ground themselves and realize the positive virtues of yoga. Make sure you enter to win a copy of The BendiGirls DVD here.

Make sure you check out the first post in our Yoga series.

Here’s Kristin:
If you are interested in trying yoga I recommend finding a class to take or trying a DVD. I think books are great to look at and study as well; but I prefer something more interactive. Even the Wii Fit now has a yoga program that you can learn from. Check out your local YMCA or google yoga studios in your area to find a class or instructor. Every class and every teacher and every style is different so I recommend calling ahead and asking a few questions or researching the studio on line that you choose to go to. Once you get to class, introduce yourself and let the teacher know you are there for your first time. It’s best to look for a beginner’s yoga class to learn the postures. If you happen to go to an open level class just make sure to go at your own pace and listen to your body. DVDs are wonderful because you can watch them first to get an idea of the moves and the practice before you even start. You can also pause the DVD when you want to or start slowly and do just a portion of it at a time. In my very first MTV yoga dvd we have a chapter that breaks down the poses to watch before you even jump in to the routine. If you can afford it, it’s also wonderful to take a private session with a teacher to really make sure your getting the proper alignment down and to get individual attention. Most yoga studios have mats and props you can use. If you are practicing at home you need to invest in a yoga mat. Yoga mats and props are very inexpensive and can be found at any sporting goods store or you can order on line from any yoga source such as www.gaiam.com. or www.manduka.com or www.huggermugger.com to name a few. I think the best thing you can do is go to a class or do a DVD with a friend so you can share your experience and not feel too uncomfortable the first time around. I love meeting my girlfriends for yoga class. Every Saturday my best friend Lisa and I do yoga and then go see a movie–it’s a great way to spend the day.

Kristin is also the Yoga Ambassador for the Doce Vida line of fitness clothes. Doce Vida means sweet life and they believe that athletic clothes should fit and flatter – and stay on when you work out. Doce Vida athletic clothing was created by a real woman athlete – Jordan Veatch-Goffi who is a triathlete, a tennis player and a fan of yoga and Pilates. So read on about Yoga, an ancient form of exercise that works body your mind and body. Doce Vida is offering us a great discount to all GirlMogul readers – 20% – check it out here.

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