The popularity of yoga has soared in the last few years and its benefits are well documented. They include:
- Increased body awareness and ease of movement
- Improved sleep and general well being
- Reduced stress levels and anxiety
- Better focus and movement habits
- Increased stamina and breathing capacity
- Improved chronic pain management especially back pain
But its greatest boon lies in the way it can equip us with a calmer and less reactive mind and a more discerning and respectful attitude to ourselves, others and life in general.
Making friends with your body and getting to know its workings is just the beginning! Yoga works its magic over time and consistent practice will go a long way.
What about the psychological benefits of yoga?
Improve your sporting pursuits with Yoga
Did you know that yoga can even help with your other fitness passions, such as running or golf? Most fitness activities focus on building strength on one area. If this is not balanced, the end result is pain from over fatigued muscles. Yoga not only helps you avoid injury in repetitive fitness fields, but also can help increase your overall performance.
Yoga encourages movements that help connect the parts of the body together: encouraging flexibility, relaxation and strength building. This balance is a much more natural way for your body to move.
As a direct result, you begin to unconsciously use other areas of your body in your other fitness pursuits. When you’re jogging, you are not necessarily pushing your legs to move faster, but you’ve learned that jogging also involves your arms, spine and core. As a direct result, you begin to move your whole body with the end result being a much smoother, faster run.
The key benefit of Yoga: Mind/Body connection
It sounds logical doesn’t it? The body and the mind working together in a focused and intentional way towards action. Easy? Well, that’s why you’d practice yoga, to educate the mind to pay attention to whatever is happening on the mat, and beyond. The results may not happen overnight, but we promise you it’s worth persevering!