Best of PiYo 2013

Starting TONIGHT we’ll be doing the Best of PiYo 2013!!  Bringing in the best parts of all the routines we did this year!  We’ll finish the year with this great mix of routines.  Now I know as we get closer to the holidays we’re all getting busy BUT make sure you make time to take care of yourself.  Don’t let your exercise routine fall to the side.  Make a commitment to keep going so you can start the new year strong, happy, and healthy!! 

See you at class, 6:35-7:30 at Emporia Fitness

Bring on Monday!!

The weekend is over, get ready for Monday! I like Mondays because I go to Zumba in the morning and have PiYo in the evening, its a great way to start the week!! This week we’ll continue with our new PiYo Strength routine.  You guys are ROCKING the new routine!! You are giving it your all and putting in the work to build strength and TRANSFORM your bodies.  I’m so proud of you!!

A couple reminders for the week..

TUESDAY…I’ll be subbing for Linda so join me for PiYo 5:30 to 6:30.

THURSDAY…No FHTC class this week!  We’ll have 2 classes next week. 🙂

One more thing, there’s a little blue button at the top that will take you to Facebook.  Take a second and add me as a friend!!

Have a fabulous week, see you in class!!

Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga

So why should you give yoga a try?  Here are the top ten reasons courtesy of Yoga Alliance.

1. STRESS RELIEF: Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

2. PAIN RELIEF: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.

3. BETTER BREATHING: Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.

4. FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

5. INCREASED STRENGTH: Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.

6. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self esteem. ( I regularly burn between 300-400 calories in a PiYo class!)

7. IMPROVED CIRCULATION: Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.

8. CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING: Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.

9. FOCUS ON THE PRESENT: Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.

10. INNER PEACE: The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.

With all these great reasons to try yoga what have you got to lose?? Come join me for class Monday and Wednesdays!!

Questions? Email me! poersch@sbcglobal.net