YOGA STRENGTHENS YOUR BODY AND MIND.
Our bodies were not designed to spend hours at a time hunched over at our desks. Movement and stretching are both essential needs for our bodies, just as much as they need food and water. Practicing yoga 2 or 3 times a week will help your posture and develop a strong core and a stronger core means that you’re more likely to sit and stand ‘tall’.
The meditation aspect of yoga helps us find stillness and peace in the mind – something so rare to find in our current technology climate, but it is important to get some head-space daily for you own mental well-being.
IT’S A COMMUNITY (NOT A RELIGION!)
You may have heard some yoga enthusiasts refer to themselves as ‘dedicated yogis’, so I can see why it would be easy to confuse the yoga lifestyle with some kind of new age religion. Despite it’s Indian origins and spiritual connotations, yoga is more of a community than a religion. Practicing yoga provides a philosophical system that gives suggestions on a healthier well-being as well as giving you a framework for personal growth. Joining a yoga class will fill you with a divine sense of community and will open up new opportunities to meet new people also sharing the same mentality.
YOGA HELPS TO BOOST YOUR BEDROOM PERFORMANCE.
You’ll boost your performance in the bedroom – both sexually and sleeping! After approximately 12 weeks of yoga practice you’ll find an increase in your libido. Yoga poses such as Baddha Konasana (bound angle) increases blood flow to your private areas and also strengthens the Moola Bandha (pelvic floor muscles).
If you’re having problems sleeping, yoga could be the key to busting that frustrating insomnia. Sleep issues largely revolve around anxiety. Poses like Savasana (corpse) will help you focus on your breathing which is a natural way to relieve both stress and tension. The more relaxed you are in life the better you will sleep!
YOUR OVERALL HEALTH WILL IMPROVE
Health benefits are one of the main attractions to begin practising yoga. One of life’s most popular aspirations is to maintain a healthy body and vitality. It’s no surprise that a varied yoga practice or flow can help improve blood circulation which will efficiently move oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
Focusing on breathing and balance during yoga practice will subconsciously have you participating in cardiovascular conditioning. Savasana (corpse) and other relaxation-focused poses will lower your resting heart rate which reduces the risk of heart problems. Frequent practice will also help with endurance in other fitness areas as well as improving your oxygen uptake whilst you work out. Lung function will prove with the focus on your breathing, taking deeper breaths triggers the body’s relaxation response and increases the amount of oxygen available to the body.
IT’S A GREAT WORKOUT!
Yoga is for everyone, every shape, size or athletic ability. Find what type works best for your body and start your own personal journey – plus it is a fantastic full body work out. Yoga can be used for strength training, you’re using your own body weight to move from posture to posture and in some poses, such as crow and plank you are lifting every pound of it. Start off easing yourself in to a daily routine, let your body get stronger before you incorporate advanced poses in to your practice. Have fun with it, relax, but don’t push your body further than it wants to go otherwise you will risk injury.
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