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The Explored Life: More Than Yoga

Sep 18, 2020

Pennie Varvarides is a strength and nutrition coach helping womxn find their strength inside and outside of the gym. She works to build a solid foundation in training through intentional practice in training and nutrition that spills over into an intentional life. Pennie helps clients build strong habits from the ground up. Find her on instagram @superpennie.

I have become more and more aware over the last year or so about how important strength is for our health, especially for us women, especially as we get older. When I first started my Yoga teacher training I was still under the impression that flexibility was the end goal of the practice. It's taken me a lot of sifting through different information sources to realise that keeping our bodies healthy is so much more complicated that that. You may have already listened to episode 1 where I talk to Hannah about her updated and modern Yoga teacher training Yoga Reloaded. She and I discussed some of the misconceptions when it came to flexibility and how important strength is for the body.

As women, traditionally we don't think that we necessarily need to be strong. It can be daunting and hard to know where to start. As Pennie says, the body begins to deteriorate after the age of 30. We need to maintain our muscles by loading them, by adding in weight and resistance. I love how Pennie breaks down these ideas in a really simple way.


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