Yoga is one of the most loving gifts you will ever bestow upon yourself.  There’s no better time than now to get started.

Yoga is aerobic, strengthens all your muscles, improves flexibility, calms your nervous system, connects you to your true self, and gives you the best relationship to your body you could possibly have.

It’s best to go to a good teacher to learn the poses.  Once you feel comfortable with your alignment you can practice at home.  There are many great DVDs: Shiva Rea’s Yoga Sanctuary, Alan Finger’s series, Donna Helm-Yost’s Karma Yoga Project, and Yoga Radiance; but, my favorite way to do yoga at home is by subscribing to  This is a Vancouver outfit that has a plethora of streaming videos in all styles: Kundalini, Yin, Vinyasa, Ashtanga/Power Yoga, Hatha, and Anusara. They also offer Pilates, meditation, and music.

If you’re new to yoga none of those terms will make sense to you.  Don’t get overwhelmed.  Almost all yoga styles use the same poses.  Some are faster, some are slower. Some are more meditative, some more like a gym class.  In time, you will find the style(s) that appeal to you.  Just do some yoga, preferably every day. Even if all you can do is a balance pose while stirring the soup, do that.

Yoga is like a mini vacation.  It can take you away from all the stresses of your life by nurturing your body, mind, and spirit.

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Nicole Urdang

Nicole S. Urdang, M.S., NCC, DHM is a Holistic Psychotherapist in Buffalo, NY. She holds a New York state license in mental health counseling and a doctorate in homeopathic medicine from the British Institute of Homeopathy.