“I was first introduced to yoga about 5 years ago and after several hard classes I became hooked. I, like most men, thought yoga would be easy….Forget That! It is a total body workout that will leave you sweating and breathing hard. I am a 68 year old Viet Nam Vet and a 27 year retired law enforcement officer and have been an active, athletic man all my life and felt I was in pretty good shape. I didn’t realize how inflexible I had become over my many years.
Over the past 5 years I have been taking yoga classes on average two times a week, many weeks it is three or more. I have become much more flexible as yoga is a full body workout which stretches and strengthens just about every muscle in your body. It has also helped prevent some muscle soreness and has increased my energy level. There also has been a significant improvement in my balance, extremely important for us seniors. The coordination between movement and breathing really helps with the exercise itself along with the mental state of the participant. It is a calming influence and a great help in reducing stress.
My recommendation to anyone, at any age, would be to try yoga and see if it doesn’t challenge you and leave you asking why you didn’t experience the many benefits of yoga sooner. I would also suggest that you experience different yoga instructors as they are all unique in how they instruct and what types of yoga they teach.
Finally, I wish I would have experienced yoga much earlier in life as I would most assuredly be in better shape than I am now. The two yoga instructors who have influenced me the most are here at A Hopeful Balance and they are Hope Stauffer Bucher and Ellen Sink with her expertise in yin yoga. Both ladies have helped me improve my life through the practice of yoga. ”
“I attended Yoga class at A Hopeful Balance throughout my pregnancy. Hope was very knowledgeable in providing modifications for each trimester. I believe that through the breathing that Hope taught me and the practice of Yoga I delivered naturally a healthy baby boy. I will continue to attend Yoga with Hope to realign and regain the body I had before I got pregnant. Thanks Hope it was beautiful!”