Most people today suffer from high levels of stress. Money worries, health worries and relationship problems are at the top of nearly everyone’s list today. Fatigue, agitation, and illness often appear alongside high levels of stress. Yoga can help!
At its simplest level, yoga improves oxygenation of your cells by helping you to breathe more fully, and with more awareness. Have you ever noticed that common stresses and tensions cause you to hold your breath? A big sigh is often your way of letting go of that tension. Yoga asanas help you create more space in your body by using your breath, increase blood circulation and help drain toxins out through the lymph. Various postures also help expel stagnant waste sitting in the colon, which is a leading cause of impaired vitality, ill-health and disease.
The body is a dynamic, self-repairing organism. It is not as subject to decay and degeneration as most people believe. Many of us start losing mobility in our twenties, especially with today’s sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise, but regular yoga practise increases mobility and flexibility over time, counteracting the adverse effects of aging. Each posture/asana is specifically designed to stretch, strengthen and tone every single nerve, muscle and tissue of the entire body and massage and nourish the internal organs of the body with fresh, oxygenated blood. This can help prevent routine aches and pains. Our bodies have an incredible ability to heal and be healed through the awareness and activation of the mind-body connection. Yoga has a very profound way, when practiced correctly (going beyond just the physical), to really enhance overall human health and performance.
Your body wants to move and stretch! It wants to find its natural rhythm again, but years of negative habits often mean the body is achy and stiff, and out of balance – far more than it needs to be.
In Yoga, the goal is to help you restore vitality and well-being, whilst instilling a sense of calm, focus and equilibrium.
Some key benefits of Yoga
- Provides you with a total body workout
- Helps alleviate many types of pain
- Improves physical strength and stamina
- Improves flexibility, and thus posture
- Reduces back pain
- Reduces the stiffening of joints
- Boosts energy levels
- Detoxifies/cleanses the digestive system
- Relieves tension and stress held in the body
- Calms the mind