By William Hageman, Tribune Newspapers
9:34 PM EDT, May 2, 2012
Ingrid Yang turned to yoga a dozen years ago as a way to deal with injuries she suffered as a distance runner.
"When I started stretching and doing some strength training — not with weights, but with my own body weight — I noticed I was becoming injured less and less," Yang says of her introduction to yoga.
Soon after, she started teaching yoga, eventually owning her own studio and teaching classes on both coasts. Yang has also, with co-author Daniel Dituro, recently released the book "Hatha Yoga Asanas."
"Coming from my background, a Type A, looking ahead, pushing ahead, wanting to achieve things, I charge into the future, have to succeed," she says. "That often puts you in a position where you're never satisfied or happy as you are. Yoga for me is very appealing because it's very healing emotionally. I realized I was complete and whole as I am. There's nothing wrong with me. It's OK to have goals, but yoga allows a sense of well-being.
"That's what sets it apart from all other physical exercises, that sense of well-beingness, enoughness."
Yang has recommended six poses, with a flexible regimen.
"It's up to the individual," Yang says. "Consistency will offer more results, as with anything."
She suggests doing them daily — some or all, depending on your needs and ability.
Do them daily, and you should notice a difference in less than a week.Click here to see yoga poses.
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