Saturday, September 17, 2011

'YogaRVing' in small spaces

Two Canadian women RVers, Sally Hauca, a longtime yoga instructor, and MaryAnne Galey, a yoga student, recently decided to produce YogaRVing, a "take-along" fitness program for people on the road in a small space.

The idea started one morning, while MaryAnne of Surrey, BC, was on an RV trip to Nevada. "I was doing yoga and attempting to remember the routine," she recalled. "I thought I really missed Sally and her classes.  What I really needed was a DVD of Sally's routine that makes me workout and feel like a marshmallow after an hour's workout."

 "MaryAnne got me interested," said Sally, of White Rock, BC, in producing "a take-with-them fitness plan" for the RV population.

Both Sally and MaryAnne have been enjoying the RV lifestyle for a number of years. Sally and her husband have been RVing five years in their 1991 28-foot Ford Four Winds, class C motorhome. MaryAnne, a business consultant, has been RVing for 30 years and currently travels in a 1994 30-foot Commander 1083, Triple E, class A motorhome.

"I think there is a great need for an easy-to-access fitness program" for RVers, said MaryAnne. "Many RVers haven't done a lot of exercise and consequently don't have a lot of strength or flexibility."

According to the women, anyone can do parts of, or the entire, YogaRVing 60-minute program. "It is extremely easy to follow with many repetitive instructions." Modifications are shown for most of the postures. "No excuses," said MaryAnne. RVers need to "stay fit and healthy in the prime of your life when you have the freest time and most time to enjoy your body."

YogaRVing has three sections that can be played through for the complete 60-minute session; or the viewer can play individual segments. This allows one to do routines depending on time and energy: 25-minute standing, 20-minute mat, or 15-minute stretching and relaxation.

An article on the Mayo Clinic website, "Yoga: Tap into the many health benefits," states that the many health benefits of practicing yoga include stress management. "Chronic stress can lead to a variety of health and emotional problems. Yoga can be an effective method to reduce stress and anxiety."

Sally said: "Yoga is one of the best ways to cultivate a connection between your mind and body. It tones muscles, increases flexibility, calms the mind and can improve overall health. Baby boomers .... can create a significant shift to better health and less health care costs by practicing yoga."

Price: $20

Photos: Yoga instructor Sally Hauca. Courtesy of Yoga RVing.
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