It’s National Yoga Month

And just like that, it’s September.

The month of September is National Yoga Month.

According to Yoga Health Foundation, September is National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

I am parterning with Athleta in Washington Square in Portland as a YogiFit Pro. I will be at Athleta on Friday, September 18th from noon to 2 p.m. to answer questions about yoga. (I will likely have a little bit more information to share about this event soon.)

According to the site, Athleta is a retail store, which outfits female athletes with the ultimate performance apparel and gear while: Inspiring an active lifestyle. Motivating others. Tapping into our collective power as a group.

The studio I teach at, Turtles Yoga & Wellness, has some fun stuff planned during this month as well.

Yoga Health Foundation lists 10 reasons to practice yoga (text courtesy of Yoga Alliance):

  • Stress relief
  • Pain relief
  • Better breathing
  • Flexibility
  • Increased strength
  • Weight management
  • Improved circulation
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Focus on the present
  • Inner peace
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    Get your water, yoga in for this month’s Monthly Challenge

    OK, GFG! readers, today marks GFG!’s first Monthly Challenge.

    There will be two challenges. One focused on exercise and one focused on nutrition.

    In honor of National Yoga Month I thought I would make the first exercise challenge about yoga.

    If you have never taken yoga before, try a class. If you occasionally or regularly practice yoga try a new teacher, class or type of yoga.

    Because it is National Yoga Month gyms are likely offering more classes (I know mine is). Yoga studios may be offering something in honor. There could even be free yoga in the park. Check with Parks & Rec schedules in your city/town.

    The nutrition challenge for September will be about getting your daily water intake in.

    If you don’t drink much water every day (like you love the soda or Diet Coke, etc.) try to double your water in take every day for the month. If you drink a reasonable amount of water already try to get in six to eight 8 ounce servings in every single day.

    The event invite has been posted to Facebook. Click here to view. Don’t forget that you can still participate in the Monthly Challenge even … Continue reading

    Let’s celebrate National Yoga Month

    September is National Yoga Month. I know that. But the weird thing is I am having a hard time finding a lot of current information on this.

    In honor of of this month I thought I would FINALLY respond to a request from my friend Rosie.

    Months ago she asked me for advice for someone who wanted to start practicing yoga.

    When I started regularly practicing yoga a little more than five years ago I first started practicing at the gym. For me I was lucky, those classes were good beginner classes. And the instructors were well-experienced teachers as well.

    When I started at Namaste I felt lucky then as well, too. All the teachers are pretty amazing and experienced and versatile. I have practiced with many yoga instructors, personalities, styles, types of yoga, class sizes, etc.

    So here is my advice to Rosie and anyone else who wants it:

    I suggest finding a yoga studio in your area and doing a little research on the instructors who teach at the studio. (You could do the same research on the yoga instructors at your gym.) The yoga studio website should have bios on the teachers and subs. And … Continue reading