Yoga – Yes, It Really Works!
Published 2:21 pm UTC February 3, 2020
Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Today, there is a growing amount of research revealing the benefits of yoga- not just in mind and body, but also social connectedness as most yoga classes are in group settings. The philosophy of yoga is not to just hold poses, but to improve quality of life by encouraging a relationship between mind and body. There are many types of yoga, each with varied values and exercise but all with goal of long-term health and resilience. So why does yoga seemingly aid almost anything that ails us?
Yoga is made up of a series of postures and movements that strengthen physical (balance, posture) and mental wellbeing. There are many different styles of yoga, each with areas of focus. There is a great deal of evidence that yoga can lower blood pressure, reduce aches and pains, as well as anxiety and stress. By breathing deeply, the body can shift from biochemical stimulation, to relaxed and calm. Oxygen will find it easier to get into the blood stream reducing heart rate and allowing the body to release toxins.
As you deepen your yoga practice and skills, you will find that with the right yoga movements and breathing methods, you will be able to focus better and be present in the moment. A yoga teacher will often guide students into mindfulness and meditation during each session.
For new students of yoga, it may be difficult to focus at first. But like anything else, yoga takes practice. In time, you will likely find a style of yoga you prefer, and with practice, reap the long-term benefits of yoga on both mind and body.
Yoga can be practiced at your local gym, yoga studios as well as online. You can even ask your GP or health specialist the best practice for your body and mind.