What is your favorite genre of location?
I would have to say that mine, first, is the beach. Followed very closely by the desert.
I love the dryness, I love the colors. I love the way the plants and animals have adapted to live in such beautifully harsh conditions.
I grew up hiking and rock climbing in the California desert. I would go to Joshua Tree National park all of the time with my dad. But he had never taken me to Desert Hot Springs until I asked him to this year.
And it was exactly my kind of vacation. Doing nothing. Laying in the sun. Dipping into the water when it got too hot. Watching the wind blow through the palms. We even saw an owl! A real life wild owl that was probably annoyed by our staring.
But I come from the city you know? Suburbs at least. We don't have owls here. So it was a wonderous experience for me!
Have you ever seen a wild owl in real life? In it's own element? Not behind some cage at the zoo? If so, where? I'm coming to visit!
Anyway, it was a good mini vacation. Much needed. After spending months and months cooped up staring at my computer screen.
And don't worry, where we went it was fairly secluded. We weren't trying to be near crowds. We were just trying to get some good ole vitamin D!
So, I encourage you, if at all possible, to do today's class outside. Get some of that vitamin D for yourself! It's important, both for your immunity and for your mental well-being.
Getting enough vitamin D is vital for the absorption of calcium which in turn keeps the bones healthy and strong. It also helps with strengthening muscles, which is what we're all about here at Yoga Infusion.
On top of that, it helps to boost the immune system and fight off inflammation.
Let's just have a think for a second about how important the immune response is right now. Can you think of a reason that we might want to have a stronger immune system?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
But wait, I'm not done! Vitamin D is my favorite vitamin if you can't tell.
This vitamin also has been known to help treat hypertension, which is one of the markers of cardiovascular disease. It can help you lose weight (hurrah!) and the one I'm really keen on which is that is can help battle depression.
Right now, more than ever, we need to be doing what we can to support or mental and physical well-being.
We need our bodies to be strong and healthy to fight illness, and we need our minds to be strong and healthy to remain positive and uplifted.
And if going outside in the sun for 20 minutes every day can help boost all of these good things, then I'm going to say you should do it.
So, when you load up today's new Hot Fire Flames Interval Yoga class, try to find a place where you can take it outside.
And if you can't work out outside, make sure you sneak in a bit of a walk before or after.
Soak up the sun, and let it work its magic on you!