This is one of those things I would classify as a “No Brainer” — you know what I’m talking about, the thing that is so obvious that you would be clinically stupid to say No to it.
The truth is there are about a gazillion so-called Free Resources for this information but Free is an illusion, and surely you know this too.
The universe we live and move and have our being in is held together with a framework of principles or Universal Laws. These Laws provide form, function, and predictability in our lives. We can choose to operate within these Laws and prosper, or we can choose to ignore them and suffer.
One of the Universal Laws is the Law of Compensation, which basically says that one generally “pays the price” of anything he possesses or lacks. If he has one thing, he lacks another – the balance is struck. No one can “keep his penny and have the bit of cake” at the same time.
In other words, there is always a price, whether it is obvious or not. Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking for bargains and shortcuts all the time, but I’ve learned along the way that there are some things that Seem to be Free, Affordable, Cheap, etc. but in reality they cost you in so many other ways that are often unexpected and most always undesirable.
So, to the point. I have been practicing Yoga and Qigong for many years — since I was in high school in fact — and it is a practice I absolutely recommend.
Do I believe you need to join a gym, get a personal trainer or coach?
Not necessarily, unless those options are available and desirable for you.
Do I believe you can do research from free resources in the library or YouTube, etc. and be successful?
Yes, it is possible, however, there are hidden costs and risks to these options.
- Unless you are highly aware of your body and its capabilities or limitations you risk any number of possibilities from injuries, to lack of progress, or ineffectiveness.
- You will undoubtedly spend more time and energy doing the research, than you really have to spare.
- You will spend a lot of money for professional services, either for gyms, trainers, coaches, special clothing (seriously, you know you will not be going to a professional facility or trainer in your casual home gear).
- You will spend a lot of time commuting to and from the gym or trainers facilities, unless it’s in your building 😉
- You will be subjected to peer pressure or gym intimidation, and find yourself focusing more on competitive practice than on self awareness.
There are probably a dozen more I could state, but I’m sure you can picture them already. At the bottom of this post is a Review Video on this ShapeShifter Yoga program, if you want to get another perspective on Yea or Nay.
Here is an excerpt from the ShapeShifter Yoga website that talks about the Science Aspect.
So how can something as “easy” and relaxing as yoga do such amazing things for your body? It’s because while you can do yoga and not work up much of a sweat, it doesn’t mean you’re not working your body hard. Let me explain…
I have a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, so I have a good knowledge of human anatomy and performance. I’ve even conducted my own research on yoga in a lab and compared it to cardio exercise. And you may be shocked to hear what I learned from a recent experiment.
I had a colleague hook me up to a special device that measures caloric expenditure. Then I did a series of simple yoga postures strung together in something I call a “flow”, which put my body into a perfect fat-burning zone. During one 10-minute flow, the device showed I burned 7 calories per minute. That adds up to 420 calories in an hour—about what I’d burn by jogging!
Plus yoga is much better for your joints than jogging. With jogging, I’d have to worry about putting all that stress on my knees and hips. In fact, I had developed bursitis in my hip from all those years of jogging. But with yoga, my joints became stronger and more flexible, instead of stiff and achy.
That’s because yoga’s fluid movements allow your joints—even if they’re swollen or painful—to glide smoothly over one another, improving strength and mobility… with NO wear and tear. And you’re able to burn off just as many calories—and even more fat!
Now what you may really want to know is how much does it cost … well, I have to say, I’m completely shocked to see that the price for this is SO LOW, it’s almost like she’s giving it away. I guess she has a higher purpose and it’s not all about the money right now. Anyway, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all you get for such a small price that you’ll be saying it’s a No Brainer too!
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