My Yoga experience started 15 years ago, after over a decade of martial arts. But it’s only been in the last four years that I have exclusively dedicated my health and fitness regime to daily Yoga practice and the true benefits are only just beginning to emerge…

I went to a 90 minute Vinyasa class in Joburg last night that made me realise just how important foundational Yoga practice can be. For years I’ve been doing (and loving) 60 minute hot-power classes. I love the flow, increased heart rate and energy of each class but it’s really important to hold poses too. In fact I’ll go on to say that at least 5, long, deep belly-breaths per pose are vital to deepening your practice and truly reaping the rewards. Also an extra 30 minutes in a class means a slower and more powerful practice that leaves you feeling that more was accomplished; that you made your body stretch a little further and your mind more enlightened as a result.

Unfortunately, we live in a fast-paced, quick-fix world, where prople want instant gratification and immediate results, so a slower, more meaningful 90 minute class is not always possible, but I urge you to consider incorporating this kind of practice into your regime every now and again. It’s really worth it.

Enjoy the journey.


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