It’s time to unroll your yoga mat and start experiencing some of the most obvious benefits of yoga; stress relief, increased flexibility and a general sense of calmness. But did you know, participating in a yoga program can also greatly benefit your work, relationships, brain health and much more?
That’s right, yoga is not just about twisting yourself into a pretzel, (nor do you have to be flexible to start a yoga practice) wearing spandex, or burning incense.
Yoga is a mind and body practice that helps bring physical, mental and emotional balance into your life. Yoga can help you cultivate a sense of connection and well being.
Although many start a yoga practice to increase flexibility and strength, many continue to practice regularly because they experience additional benefits. Benefits that extend to their personal and professional lives.
Some of the more Common Benefits of yoga are:
- Increased Strength and Flexibility
- Stress relief
- Sense of calmness
- Reduced aches and pains
- Better sleep
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- Brain Health – The practice of yoga and meditation helps to improve concentration, reduce mental fog, and more. Thanks to neuroscience, we‘ve learned how meditation can positively affect your brain. Check out my blog post about Meditation for Brain Health
- Less painful PMS – Gentle yoga practices and specific poses (legs up the wall, child pose, etc.) can help you reduce bloating, cramps and balance emotions.
- Boosts your immune system – A regular yoga practice provides support for your immune system by helping reduce the production of stress hormones that weaken the immune system. In addition, many yoga poses boost the lymphatic system, helping the body get rid of toxins.
- Deeper Spiritual Connection – The practice of yoga and meditation help quiet the mind, increase a sense of inner peace and establish a deeper spiritual connection.
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- Increased energy and stamina – Exercising regularly increases the production of feel good hormones (endorphins) and Yoga is an excellent all natural energy booster. During a yoga practice we are breathing mindfully and deeply increasing the intake of oxygen into the body. We are able to release tension and tightness (which can drain the body of energy). We also increase the circulation of blow flow through the body. Try a series of Sun Salutations or energizing yoga poses to combat fatigue and give yourself an energy boost.
- Boosts Confidence and self-esteem: research shows people that practice yoga 1-2 times per week had a better body image and self-esteem. Through the practice of yoga, we begin to see ourselves through a different lense. As our body posture improves, we find new appreciation for what our bodies are capable of doing. We also become mentally and physically stronger. There many yoga poses and mudras than can help you feel empowered and more confident. Read Stepping Into Your Power
- Can make you a better athlete: whether you are football player or a golfer, yoga can help you stretch muscles that get tight from over use. It can show you areas where you can become stronger and reduce the chances of getting injured. There is a reason many pro athletes are incorporating yoga into their workout routines. In addition, Yoga is perfect for active recovery.
- Improve Digestion: certain yoga poses and some yogic breathing techniques are fantastic to stimulate our digestive and elimination system. These poses and breathing techniques increase circulation in the internal organs and assist them in removing toxic waste. Try poses like seated or supine twist, triangle pose, revolved triangle, camel pose, and seated forward bend.
You can enjoy the befits of a regular yoga practice with my Sacred Movement Online Studio For Mindful and Healthy Living.