“How many calories do you burn in a Gentle or Chair Yoga Class?” When I get this question, I know I have a long road ahead of me. Back in my youthful days, I gravitated toward exercises that would give me the biggest bang for my calorie buck. I figured, if I had to do the work, I might as well get thebenefit. Now that I am older and wiser (?), I see that there is so much more to this whole body‐mind‐spirit equation.
When I first started practicing Gentle Yoga, I did it because my life was too busy, too hectic and too stressful ‐ and my body felt like a tight knot. For someone with my high‐energy temperament, it was harder than climbing a mountain or running a marathon. And actually, those “exercises” sounded more interesting and challenging than a slow, mindful yoga practice that focused on breathing, stretching and being in the present moment.
Now decades later, I understand the difference between exercises that burn calories and yoga, and why we need a balance of both. I read recently that yoga gives you time to explore and ask the question “How is my well‐being?” That answer is the key to your health! And one of the reasons I so much love the practice of Somatic Yoga because it gives you the tools to answer that question.
Take time to slow down and enjoy a Gentle or Chair Yoga class!