8 Benefits of Regular Yoga Practice
You have probably heard that yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried yoga and discovered that itmakes you feel better. But what are the specific health benefits you can expect to enjoy from practicing yogaregularly?
Flexibility: Moving your body in new ways can help it become flexible, bringing a greater range of motion to muscles and joints. With regular practice, you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders and hips.
Strength: Many yoga postures require you to support the weight of your own body, which increases strength.
Muscle tone: You may see increased muscle tone as yoga helps to shape long, lean muscles.
Pain Prevention: Increased flexibility and strength can help alleviate the causes of some types of headaches and back pain. Certain yoga postures lengthen the spine and strengthen the back and core muscles.
Better Breathing: Most of us do not give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises focus the attention on the breath and teach us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body.
Mental Calmness: Concentrating on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to the mind. Yoga also helps you to observe the breath and disengage from thoughts.
Stress reduction: Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Concentrating can provide a much-needed break from the things, which stress you as well as helping to put things into perspective. It is likely that you will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed and revitalised.
Practicing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body. The teacher will give you alignment cues and over time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body, which can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.
A few more things …
Try not to eat for at least two hours prior to class
Tell the teacher if it is your first class
Tell the teacher if you have, or are recovering from an injury or if you are pregnant
Ask the teacher for help if you need it
Did you know that During the school term we offer Yoga Classes in our practice. Our small boutique class has a maximum of 10 people, and our Yoga Instructor Jill is amazing at giving you personalised attention and support.
Term one's classes begin this Thursday 6th February at 7.30pm, and we have a couple spots left. So reach out to us and let us know if you'd like to join.