I love audio books as I can listen to them during long commutes. If you’ve been doing the same, for the next few weeks I’d advise against it. It’s time to get physical. There are many different types of yoga, all with modifications that allow just about anyone to participate. In addition to being a good form of stretching and physical exercise, yoga is also a way to actively practice relaxation and mindfulness techniques.

Here in Denton, there are a few yoga studios in town, all with their own philosophies and preferred techniques. Before you sign up for a session, you may want to familiarize yourself with the different types of yoga, to determine which is best for you.

Dr. Heidi Sormaz has developed a lecture series consisting of twelve thirty minute lectures, that I feel cover all the basics of each common form of yoga. Dr. Sormaz attained a doctorate in psychology and is a certified yoga instructor. While she specializes in Forrest Yoga, in this lecture series she provides a survey of the most common yoga practices found in the United States.

Western Yoga
Yoga Begins with the Breath
Yoga and Pain Relief
Yoga for a Healthy Heart
Yoga and Addictive Behavior
Yoga for Depression and Anxiety
Iyengar Yoga
Power Yoga
Yin Yoga
Anusara Yoga
Forrest Yoga
Everyday Yoga

This lecture series can be purchased through The Great Courses, which also sells on Amazon, or rented from various libraries. As a word of caution, before you dive into hot yoga, please consult with your physician to ensure that you can do so safely. Also, for those of you who poo poo chair yoga, trust me, it can be quite effective with the right instructor.

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