Benefits of Yoga
Anyone can practice yoga! It doesn’t matter what age you are, what religion, what level of health and fitness, or body type, or how flexible you are. It is not important that you can touch your toes, stand on your head, run a marathon or need to remain seated in a chair. Yoga is for everyone!
Yoga is much more than stretching and relaxing; it is a way of increasing self-awareness, and improving physical and mental health and well-being. Yoga is a foundation for health, fitness, peace of mind and contentment.
Yoga is one of the best antidotes to our modern, full-on and hectic lifestyles. Practising yoga helps us to break away from the constant fight or flight (stress) cycle that most of us seem to be in which, over time, takes a toll on physical and mental health. By stimulating our body’s relaxation response, decreasing the production of stress hormones, lowering blood pressure, calming the nervous system, the practice of yoga promotes feelings of tranquillity and well-being.
When you practice yoga, your body becomes toned, strong, supple and healthy. Aches, pains, and age-related degeneration decrease, and the immune system is strengthened. Yoga relaxes and energises the mind and body, prevents and overcomes tension, and will help you to feel alert, vibrant, relaxed, energized, and glowing!
Practising yoga helps you to manage and embrace all that life throws at you, the great stuff, the challenging and the everyday. This brings an increased sense of self-confidence, balance, and contentment.
Practising yoga will:
Growing numbers of health care practitioners are now including yoga techniques in their approach to healing. Practising yoga can protect against, assists with treatment, and helps alleviate the symptoms of many common medical conditions, including:
I could write for pages about the many benefits of yoga, and there's even more information out there on the web; but, rather than reading about it, why not give it a try? You may find it is one of the best decisions you ever made!