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Being a very busy working mom with three boys, who are all in travel sports and school activities, caused me to neglect myself.  All of the running meant lots of fast food stops, not to mention lack of exercise, which began to take its toll on my body.

The best thing I did was to start training with Kelvin.  The sessions were fun and engaging so it never felt like a chore and he gave me the encouragement and support I needed to keep going.  I did exercises and moved muscles that I never knew existed!

I lost 17 pounds of unwanted fat!

Missy P.  

Huber Heights, Ohio

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Finding Your Yoga Fit

Which type of yoga is right for you? Here’s a breakdown of nine popular types.

When you think of yoga, you probably think of poses, postures, deep breathing, and relaxation. An ancient practice that combines physical and mental exercises, yoga is effective at strengthening your muscles and calming your mind. What you may not realize is that there are a variety of different types of yoga, each with their own method. Some are more physically demanding, while others focus more on relaxation and meditation. The type of yoga you choose will depend on your health and fitness goals.

Wondering about your yoga options? Look below for a brief description of nine popular styles to try out.

1. Hatha

A class that’s just called “yoga” is likely hatha yoga. This general type of yoga is great for beginners. Hatha is gentle and slow moving, yet still physically and mentally challenging. Classes start with a warm-up and deep-breathing exercises, then move into a series of poses that work to increase strength, build flexibility, and improve balance. The class usually ends with a time of meditation.

2. Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a popular type of athletic yoga that is available at most gyms and studios. The term “vinyasa” refers to connecting breath with movement. As you move through the postures, you coordinate your breathing. Many people memorize the sequence of Vinyasa movements so they look like a dance routine. Music is often playing in the background and the lights are kept low.

3. Bikram

A Bikram yoga class is a type of hot yoga that’s done in a 105-degree fahrenheit room with 40-percent humidity. The 90-minute class sequences through two rounds of 26 yoga postures and two breathing exercises. There’s a large mirror for participants to check their form and alignment.

4. Ashtanga

Meaning “eight limbs,” Ashtanga yoga closely resembles traditional Indian yoga. Similar to Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga takes participants through a challenging series of postures while synchronizing their breathing. The postures are the same every time and are often done in silence.

5. Power

Power yoga takes Hatha yoga to the next level. There’s upbeat music and either Ashtanga or Vinyasa poses are used at a faster-than-normal pace. The instructor will often add upper body or core exercises to the class.

6. Yin

Those who are looking for a slower-paced style of yoga that can be performed while sitting down should try Yin yoga. With the use of props such as blocks, blankets, straps, and bolsters, you hold poses for up to two minutes so your muscles can relax. These classes put a lot of focus on meditation.

7. Jivamukti

Translated “liberated being,” Jivamukti yoga has a theme or lesson to each class, usually associated with Hindu spiritual teachings. Chanting, a series of movements, and controlled breathing are all used in a vinyasa-flow style of yoga.

8. Iyengar

Similar to Ashtanga yoga and the traditional Indian style of yoga, Iyengar yoga is done slowly with controlled breathing so participants can learn precise postures and go deeper into the postures. Props are used to help encourage proper form and reach alignment. Iyengar yoga is often recommended for people with injuries or who need to move slowly.

9. Kundalini

A combination of both spiritual and physical aspects of yoga, Kundalini yoga focuses on releasing a kundalini energy that’s supposedly trapped in your lower spine. The classes are fast- paced and often include chants in addition to meditation, breathing, and postures.

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Dayton, Ohio Mom Loses 35 Pounds in 12 Weeks!!!

 

Kelvin (KEL) and EXtreme Personal Fitness changed my life FOREVER!  I am a former health-nut, so I had all the knowledge of eating right and exercising, but I was in such a rut that I could not get myself to do it. I had 2 babies right in a row, a new-found low thyroid condition, and added stress and time-restraints of working full time and taking care of a family of five.  Yes she actually has a low thyroid!  And she still lost weight!  She lost 35 lbs in 12 weeks!  Her husband as a result lost 17 lbs without even trying.

 

I stopped cooking. We ate out every night, mostly fast-food because it was more economical, eventually becoming addicted to it so much that my kids would not eat anything else but fast food. I was miserable with how my body was handling all of this. Because of my weight gain, I started having added back pain, knee pain, foot pain, and general body fatigue which prevented me from enjoying my kids and my life to the fullest. I felt so far gone away from the road of healthy living, I saw no hope, and had no motivation.

I turned to Kelvin and EXtreme Personal Fitness desperate for help to lose weight and change my lifestyle. He was just the support and motivation I needed to not just get back on track but to make a good healthy switch. He encouraged and instilled in me the determination to make losing weight and having a healthy lifestyle important again. In the past 3 weeks I have lost more weight than I ever thought possible in such a short amount of time (11 lbs in 4 weeks), I have saved money by planning my meals and cooking again, and my whole family has benefited from the results. I have motivation again and that is a mandatory part of losing weight. Thank you for helping me turn my life around and get on the path to losing weight!  My husband as a result of these changes has lost 17 pounds without even trying!!!

  

Kim D.,   Vandalia, Ohio  (Proud Wife and Mommy of 5)