Shape Up – Lori Scott
PRESIDENT & OWNER
In what ways does yoga help get us into shape that working out in a gym doing tough cardio and weight-bearing exercise doesn’t?
It’s a simple answer. Yoga feeds the soul! Although working out with weights has many positive effects, such as building stronger bones and strengthening and toning the body, there’s an overall magic after every yoga class that fulfills me on ev – ery level mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. You don’t get that from lifting a weight. Yoga is the answer for an overall mind-and-body experience that tones you, builds muscle, releases stress, detoxifies, improves posture, burns calories, prevents injuries, quiets the mind, relieves stress, lessens chronic pain, helps heal arthritis and headaches, lowers blood pressure, reduces insomnia, improves balance and focus, increases flexibility and blood flow, boosts your immunity—well, you get the point now.
What do you say to those who have always wanted to give it a try, but feel nervous about it because they are physi – cally inflexible or clumsy?
New yogis are my favorite! We take pride at Yoga Factory in welcoming all new students. Our studio is very mainstream with tons of “newbies” walking in the door, and as you can imagine we have heard every excuse under the sun as to why they have not done it yet. I just smile and say, “We have all been there.” I remind them that they are coming into yoga to make a change and walking through the door is half the battle. We all have visions and goals as to where we would like to be; just take it one day at a time.
Are nutritional habits important to maximizing the ben – efits of yoga?
Just like I tell my kids in class, your body is like a car—if you don’t fuel it properly, you won’t get very far. What you put in your body is extremely important. Eighty percent of how you will look and feel is what you eat is and exercise is the icing on the cake. Do both and you will always be one step ahead. They are the key ingredients to being the best versions of ourselves we can be.
What is the healthy motto you live by?
Do yoga! It makes everything better.