Yoga Is Perfect for Your New Year’s Fitness Plan

For some people, the simple mention of yoga has them cringing and thinking this type of activity is only for women or the elderly. Others think it is simply a passing fad, which will quickly fade away. However, what these people often do not know is first, yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years, so it is not a passing fad. Next, these same people lack the information needed to understand exactly how yoga works to help improve the body’s health and well-being.

A “total” yoga session is a complete mind and body workout. Yoga incorporates stretching poses, strengthening poses, relaxation, meditation, and deep breathing. Together, each one helps strengthen the body, build muscles,burn calories. Additionally, yoga also improves focus and concentration, and calmsthe mind and body.  There are more than a hundred different forms, ranging from slow, relaxing, and gentle to intense and quick-paced.

Among the numerous forms of yoga, some of the more common ones you can encounter includes:

  • Hot yoga –It is practiced in a temperature controlled room which is heated to at least 36 degrees Celsius and no more than 40 degrees Celsius. It is important to maintain the temperature within this range during the yoga session while progressing through the poses. Any of the below listed forms of yoga can be practiced in a hot room.
  • Hatha – This is the most common form of yoga you will typically encounter. Each form combines a series of breathing with movements.
  • Ashtanga – This form incorporates specialized breathing techniques along with a series of movements and poses.
  • Iyengar– Performing this form of yoga requires using various props, like chairs, blocks, and so on, as you learn the various poses and movements.
  • Power – Power yoga is fast-paced and designed to help provide a more intense experience which can help speed muscle development and strength building.
  • Vinyasa– Sometimes called “smooth yoga,” this form uses a series of poses which “flow” from one to the next in “smooth” transitions.

All forms of yoga are perfectly suited for targeting several key areas of the body people want to make stronger, like their glutes, arms, core, legs, and back. The poses used in yoga are designed to help increase flexibility, while tightening muscles and burning calories. It is worth mentioning, as calories are burned, they help reduce excess fat in various areas of the body, like the stomach.

In addition to help shedding excess fat and building stronger muscles, yoga also helps to strengthen our minds and provides numerous benefits:

  • Helps us sleep better and deeper.
  • Helps us deal with stress and tension in a positive manner.
  • Strengthens the body’s immune response system.
  • Makes us less prone to illnesses and diseases.
  • Helps address and resolve back pain.
  • Improves our bone health and postures.
  • Helps reduce blood pressure.
  • Increases concentration and improves focus.

The list goes on. Essentially as our bodies and minds become better connected and stronger through yoga, all of the systems within our bodies start working together in harmony. To learn more about yoga or to experience a yoga class in Mississauga for yourself, contact Mind to Body Yoga, Fitness, and Wellness at 905-712-YOGA (905-712-9642) today!

Yoga Is Perfect for Your New Year’s Fitness Plan
Melissa L.
Melissa L.
01:32 29 Jan 20
I simply love this place!!! This is my go to yoga every time I'm in Mississauga. Great energy very welcoming place and very clean!!! The classes are not too crowded and the teachers are so nice!!! Great experience!!!read more
Nadia Lebar
Nadia Lebar
01:59 15 Jan 20
Mind to Body was the first place I started yoga at and I have no desire to go anywhere else! From the very first day I felt comfortable and at ease with all the instructors as they work with everybody’s abilities. The space is clean and very inviting!read more
Amanda Nicholls
Amanda Nicholls
01:38 13 Jan 20
Lovely knowledgeable teachers. The owner is super nice and gets to know her clients.The facility is clean, had a comfy atmosphere and offers free tea to practitioners, the only dislike I have id that there is Buddah images and statues everywhere and not everyone coming to the studio may not be a Buddhist. It would be nice if the studios itself did not have statues, other than that it is a overall great experience.read more
Erica D'Onofrio
Erica D'Onofrio
18:46 08 Jan 20
I started attending Mind to Body Yoga & Fitness December 2018. The studio is very welcoming and clean. The staff are so nice and want nothing but the best for you. I enjoy how the studio offers a variety of classes targeted for all levels of yoga participants. I leave every class I participate in feeling renewed and energized.read more
A Google User
A Google User
03:01 08 Jan 20
Great studio, the instructor was very attentive with me especially because it was my first class in their studio. I will definitely be a long time member.read more
zaida portillo
zaida portillo
18:03 04 Jan 20
I did my Yoga Teacher Training at Mind to Body Yoga and it was one of the best decisions I've made. When you walk into the studio you feel a sense of home and community. The studio is beautiful and well kept. The training was in depth and very organized, while at the same time fun! Pritpal, the studio director who leads the training is wonderful and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend the studio for YTT and also to practice in.read more
Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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