Benefits of Yoga

 

 

 

There are a number of physical and

psychological benefits of yoga.

 

Physical

  • Increases your flexibility – you don’t need to be flexible to embark on your yoga journey – it will be a gradual process, improving over time as you develop your practice

 

  • Increases your muscle strength and tone – when you build your strength through yoga, you are also balancing it with your flexibility (often missed out on when training in the gym or with weights)

 

  • Protects your spine and perfects your posture – a well-balanced practice will help keep your disks supple as well as assist with curves in the spine caused by slumping (a common issue caused by sitting at a desk Monday – Friday 9-5!)

 

  • Increases your blood flow – yoga gets more oxygen into your cells, which function better as a direct result of yoga practice

 

  • Releases tension in your limbs – as you start to practice yoga, you will notice where you hold tension in your body- wrists, arms and shoulders are commonly tenser areas of the body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psychological

 

  • Helps you focus – an important part of yoga practice is to focus on the present and allow yourself to be in the ‘here and now’

 

  • Relaxes your system – yoga encourages you to relax and slow your breath which has calming and restorative qualities

 

  • Gives your lungs room to breathe – yoga promotes breathing through the nose which filters the air you are inhaling

 

  • Increases self-esteem – through your yoga practice, you will experience feelings of forgiveness and gratitude which can then be applied to your everyday life

 

  • Gives you inner strength – through focus, yoga can give you the inner strength to make the conscious effort to change things in your life that are causing you angst or upset

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