It’s not a fad, but a lifestyle. Yoga can have significant positive physical and mental effects for people of all ages.
Yoga is an ancient practice. Originating in India more than 500 years ago, the term yoga means “to unite”. It’s the journey of learning about yourself and your body that makes yoga more effective for some than just a trip to the gym.
Yoga uses asanas (postures), focused concentration on specific body parts, and pranayama (breathing techniques) to integrate the body with mind and mind with soul.
Here are six great reasons to give it a try.
1 It’s good exercise. It’s not about knotting yourself into a pretzel, it’s about flowing, fluid, purposeful movement, postures and stretching Those movements burn calories too, more than you think.
2 You’ll sleep better. If you’ve struggled with sleeplessness, you’ll find solace in yoga. Select poses and a little meditation will help you catch all the z’s you wish.
3 It can help you breathe. The practice of yoga helps bring awareness to breathing. You’ll learn to listen to your body and develop more control. It’s a breath of fresh air.
4 Better posture. In addition to increasing body awareness, yoga strengthens the core and lengthens the spine. You’ll find that better posture has huge benefits in how you feel and how you look.
5 Calms your mind. Mindfulness is the ability to remain aware of how you’re feeling right now, your “moment-to-moment” experience—both internal and external. Thinking about the past—blaming and judging yourself—or worrying about the future can often lead to a sometimes overwhelming stress. But by staying calm and focused in the present moment, you can bring your nervous system back into balance. Mindfulness can be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, eating, or meditation.
6 It’s free. Download an e-book, watch some videos or find a friend and learn more about the benefits of yoga and see if it’s right for you. If you seek a social benefit along with the personal benefits, or just like the motivation of learning in a group, try a yoga class. They’re available everywhere and at every level.
Many people interested in holistic health have reached out to yoga as an alternative to other wellness programs. Combined with massage, yoga is an unbeatable way to help you recenter, relax and stay fit.