The Benefits of Practicing Yoga
Yoga is a mind, body, soul experience that teaches us to breathe properly (something many of us struggle with), release our tensions, and increase our flexibility. It encourages us to live in the here and now, to take care of our bodies, and to nurture ourselves inside and out. While Yoga does have it’s roots in ancient India, it has become increasingly popular in the western world since the 80’s. Today, it’s not too difficult to find a Yoga studio near you, and a plethora of comfortable clothes to wear during you practice. There are many reasons why you should practice Yoga.
How Can Yoga Help?
Typical modern day Yoga is a form of exercise that uses a variety of postures and poses to increase strength, balance, and flexibility. It is a very personally spiritual exercise that teaches one to focus on the breath, much like in meditation. Sessions are always accompanied by instructions to center yourself and find your peace. These things are what make Yoga a well rounded mind, body, and soul experience to be practiced regularly for optimal results. Bringing these three things into balance in yourself can give you a lot of fabulous benefits to enjoy every day. Aside from the benefits already mentioned, Yoga can also…
- relax muscles
- reduce stress
- improve circulation
- boost your immune system
- improve your posture
- promote a healthier lifestyle
- lower blood pressure
- calm anxiety
- help you breathe deeper
- promote better sleep
- reduce muscle and joint pain
- stabilize your emotions
- alleviate fatigue
Who Will Yoga Benefit?
Yoga is great for everyone! Adults, children, teens. Everyone who has a body can find some benefit in Yoga. However, if there is anything limiting you physically, you may need specialized sessions to work around what you have going on. Always consult your doctor if you are not feeling well, before you begin Yoga sessions. Yoga is exercise and should be treated as such.
Where Can You Practice?
Doing a simple Google search for a Yoga studio near you should pull up a few options. There are Yoga studios that usually have multiple class offerings and a full calendar of options for when you can attend one. There are also many trained private instructors who may work out of their own home, hold classes at local parks, or make house calls for private instructional sessions. A third option is at your local gym. Most bigger gyms have classes offered throughout the week, and many of them will have at least a couple different Yoga classes being offered. Finally, you can search instructional photos and videos so you can learn at home, however, I do recommend classes if possible so a teacher can help correct your poses if you aren’t performing them properly.
Setting up a regular practice of Yoga will help you bring an amazing level of balance into your life, on a very basic level, that changes everything else you do for the better. When you practice with a partner, you are also creating a special bond with that person. Join a class with your spouse, child, mother, or friend and create a healthy life together.
DISCLAIMER: If you have any health concerns, ailments, or physical limitations, please remember to consult with your doctor before beginning any Yoga practice. While most Yoga classes are gentle and most instructors will encourage you not to push yourself, use common sense and caution if you have anything going on that may be aggravated or injured by Yoga.