Raw Foods and (Free) Yoga

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Raw Foods and Yoga seem to go hand in hand.  Whether or not you currently have a yoga practice, if you’re a raw foodie, you most likely will have one soon! (don’t say I didn’t warn you :)

I heard David Wolfe once say that raw food cleans and purifies your body, and yoga gets all the gunk out with it’s twists and inversions.  Yoga is a great detoxer!  David also actually helped create the Raw Yoga DVD—which is pretty good. (Available on sunfood.com by clicking on the SunFood banner below).

I was first introduced to yoga in college, when some girlfriends and I took an hour and a half class every Thursday evening.  It was a hatha yoga class and the instructor was very good.  I loved feeling the intense, tingly stretch throughout my muscles and loved how I felt like I had gotten a REAL workout the next day.

I didn’t do yoga for a while after that semester.  I probably didn’t start doing it more than one a month until last year in November, where I did Bikram, or hot yoga, 3-4 times a week for a month.  (Those Bikram studios feel SO good in the winter.)   After than month, I bought some yoga DVDs and started practicing at home (see this post for the DVDs I have).

When I read the book Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth: Book 2, I started doing the 5 Tibetan Rites every morning along with a few other poses.   And now that it’s winter again (and maybe because I’ve been raw for  a longer period of time now?), I find myself being pulled towards a dedicated yoga practice right now.  I’ve been checking out different studios in my neighborhood, going to Bikram, using my DVDs, and hanging out with some new friends who are really into yoga and fitness too.

Yoga is definitely my new form of meditation because I am totally in the present when I practice.  Those savasanas really relax me too AND I am now sleeping like a rock every single night!  This is huge…truly.  My body feels great as well, like it’s getting more muscular and toned.  Yoga can be a substitute for a lot of weight training exercises, I think.  And Bikram Yoga can be a substitute for some cardio too.  Bikram really gets your heart pumping when you’re doing some of those poses in a room heated to 105 degrees f!

Most yoga studios have special deals for first time students.  Either the first class is free or they offer dramatically reduced rates for unlimited classes your first week or month with them, no strings attached.  Also, most studios offer free or donation suggested community classes.  Ask your local studio (or Lululemon Store) what days and times these classes are :)

Here’s my main message: If you are interested in getting started or are looking for new classes/teachers/styles to try out, there are plenty of affordable options out there.  Whether you want to take a class in the studio or in your home.  Today, I wanted to pass on to you these great low or no cost yoga websites that I’ve come across:

Free Yoga Websites!  Yippee!

Yoga Today This website is awesome.  Free full length yoga classes every day.

Sadie Nardini’s YouTube Channel (I’m I love this girl.  I just ordered her book Road Trip Guide to the Soul on Amazon and I’m going to order her Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Power Hour with Sadie Nardini DVD next.)
It’s All About Yoga
iYoga Life – Core Power Hour

Be You TV

Online yoga as well, but for a monthly fee (substantially less than monthly fees at a studio)
Gaiam Yoga Club
Yoga Yak
Yogi2go

Core Power Yoga On Demand

Yoga Podcasts and Audio Downloads
Yoga Journal Podcasts
Jiva Diva
Eoinfinn Yoga

Alright raw yogis and yoginis, let me know how you like these.  Enjoy the day.  Namaste!

Question of the day:  What is your favorite type of yoga if you practice?

And just out of curiosity….

Do you practice yoga?

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