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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?

Great Chemistry

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. 

The Yogi Philosophy

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.

Tips for Beginning Yoga

  • Respect your body’s limitations – do not push your body into any uncomfortable poses.
  • Have confidence – yoga teachers will often help you in the beginning, don’t take it as criticism, they are there to make yoga more enjoyable and easier for their students.
  • Drink plenty of water – though yoga is calming, your body is working hard to build muscle and release toxins. Reward yourself with H2O.
  • Don’t give up – like anything, yoga can take practice and training. Often people that are new to yoga will need to practice not only new poses but focusing the mind as well. Muscles of the body are trained and strengthened but this exercise needs to occur in the mind as well.

 

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.