Plus size yoga is a wonderful way to help decrease stress, improve muscle tone and aid flexibility. It’s popularity has really begun to grow, with many health venues now offering a specific plus size yoga class for those who don’t have the confidence to stand between a sea of Lycra clad limbs. With a sudden surge in numbers, just what is it about plus size yoga that is so appealing?
There’s no denying that plus size yoga has really taken a grip with classes popping up all across the country specifically tailored for those who are overweight or obese.
An Assortment of Health Benefits.
As well as making you feel good, plus size yoga has a whole range of incredible health benefits for both your body and mind. The gentle stretches are designed for a plus size frame, and will help to make your body more flexible and help your joints and muscles function properly. Over time, you’ll find that your hamstrings, hips, back and shoulders all move with greater ease. Strength is another plus point to taking up plus size yoga. As many of the poses require you to support the weight of your own body whilst balancing, strength and muscle tone increase which help to shape your arms and legs.
If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, that in itself is another great reason to take up plus size yoga. The increased flexibility and strength can help to prevent the causes of some types of back pain as it addresses the elements which cause spinal compression and tightness. Your yoga classes will also encourage you to work on breathing exercises called Pranayama, can help you to better use your lungs to benefit your entire body.
Physical benefits aside, plus size yoga can work on your mental health too. The intense concentration which yoga encourages helps to bring a meditative calmness to the mind, and combined with the physical activity is brilliant for relieving stress. Yoga gives us an stronger awareness of our bodies, with small, subtle movements helping us to stand and walk tall. As well as improving posture, this over time will also lead to a stronger self-confidence.
The Tools For Yoga.
The great thing about taking up plus size yoga is that you don’t need to make a heavy investment in sports equipment. A mat and some loose fitting clothes are really all you need to get yourself started.
These Black Yoga Pants from Yours Clothing (£14.50) from Yours Clothing (www.plus-size-tall.com/yoursclothing) are perfect for your first foray into plus size yoga. Although these soft and cosy pants are great for both lounging and sleeping in, they have been designed to be the perfect non-restrictive pant for working out in. Team with a t-shirt or sweater to keep things casual, and rememeber that these pants are great for using in other work-outs too.
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Remember that the plus size yoga classes are designed to work with people are carrying more weight, and is a wonderful and gentle way to ease yourself back into regular exercise. There are some classes which also offer a type of chair yoga for those who suffer from a limited mobility. Check your local newspapers or the internet for groups and classes near you.* = Lien partenaire