More Americans turning to yoga to improve health

Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 17:18:33-04

You might sweat just looking into this class. It’s a room full of people of all levels practicing hot ‘power yoga’ at Sid Yoga in Towson.  The temperature in the room is cranked up to 98 degrees, to help the muscles relax.

Sid McNairy IV is lead teacher at Sid Yoga and has been practicing yoga since he was just eight years old.  McNairy says yoga is not just physical, it also help to clear your mind.

“You start to become more conscious of your thoughts that you’re putting out, whether that’s thoughts about another person or moment that happened,” said McNairy.

Tori Kovelman, the studio manager, says yoga helps to regulate your digestive and metabolic tract.  And like anything, the more you do it, the more results you’ll see.

“Our motto here is three times a week changes your body, five times a week changes your mind, and seven times a week changes your life,” says Kovelman.

If you’re looking to ease into the practice, try some simple poses at home when you wake up. First, a simple twist. Then try the happy baby pose.

McNairy says, “Really let yourself get that nice opening in the morning or whenever you want to do these stretches is perfectly fine. You can be at your work office and just break down on the ground if you really wanted to.”

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