Benefits Of Yoga For All Bodies, Ages And Abilities

The yoga craze has exploded in the United States over the past 2 decades, and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. We are bombarded with images of slender, over-flexible, scantily clad models in poses that look anything but comfortable or healthy. Yet we hear how beneficial yoga is for everyone, even those of us who can’t touch our toes. And, in fact, it is true.

“To Yolk”

Yoga, an ancient Indian word, means “to yoke or join”. It can be expressed as the joining of body, mind and spirit. Yoga is more than just exercise. It is a focused discipline through which we can calm and focus the mind, engage and make full use of our breath, or life force, and improve our physical health.

Real Life Benefits

If you have doubts about the real-life health benefits of yoga, you can read any of the writings of Timothy McCall, M.D., who has authored a book called “Yoga as Medicine”. Thorough medical research has proven real relief in numerous conditions from Asthma to Scoliosis.


If you are brand new to yoga, it is highly recommended that you start with a small beginner Hatha Yoga class. Hatha Yoga is technically the physical postures of yoga, but it has come to be associated with a gentle stretching yoga style. Before you attend, get a description of the class and bio of the instructor. Speak to your physician if there is any concern about beginning a yoga practice. Before class, always let your instructor know of any conditions you have (injuries, illnesses, chronic pain, etc.). Experienced teachers will have modifications for any poses that might be difficult or unhealthy for you.

No Need To Compare

It may be hard at first, but try not to compare the way your pose looks to that of the person next to you in class. Watching experienced students is a good way to learn, but try not to be frustrated that you are at a different point than someone else. You are exactly where you need to be at this moment to benefit from each posture if you are mindfully trying your best and keeping your body safe and comfortable.

Flexibility, stress relief, freedom from pain, digestive improvement, reduction of headaches, carpal tunnel repair, improved mental health and much more can be part of the health benefits you receive from a yoga practice.

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Unite Rutgers: Another Great CGI New Jersey Half Marathon

It’s time for runners to get excited about the upcoming CGI races in the Northeastern U.S.  One of the celebrated races is Unite Rutgers, a half marathon scheduled for the 12th of April, 2015. An 8K race will begin 15 minutes earlier on the same day.  Both races are being highly promoted in an effort to gain the most participation for the event.

Rutger University

The race takes place on Rutgers’ beautiful campus located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Start times for the half marathon, 13.1 miles is 8 A.M. and 8:15 A.M. for the 8K. Individual runners, teams of runners and volunteers are being recruited.  The current registration prices are going on now through December 31, 2014.  This race is usually a sell out, so register early to guarantee your spot in the race of your choice.


The Registration site is the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center in Piscataway, NJ but you are able to register online, as well. The half marathon registration fee is $87 for individuals and $59 for students. The 8K registration is $56 for everyone.  Registration is available if open spots remain until the day of the race.

Join A Team For More Fun

If you don’t like solo participation, join a team.  Running teams, triathlon teams, charity groups and corporate teams will be vying for an opportunity to place.  A financial award is given to the first place team of $750, second place wins $500 and third place wins $25. Run with your current team or join one of the participating teams listed on the Unite Rutgers website.  If you’re really industrious, start your own team.  Teams of 20 or more members qualify for great perks.  A finish line tent measuring 10 feet x 10 feet and a starting line porta-a-potty are just some of the benefits your team of 20 or more will receive.

Volunteer For A Good Cause

Anyone who simply wants to encourage the runners is urged to volunteer.  Volunteers help register participants; assist in the set-up; man the water stations and provide spirited cheers for the athletes.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated, because without you there would be no race.  For your service, you could receive a donation to your favorite charity.

Join the most spirited of the CGI races, Unite Rutgers.  You’ll be surrounded by the great mix of excited people composed of sororities, fraternities, local bands, friends and family.  Most importantly, you’ll have a great time while pushing yourself to be your best.

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