Updated: Mar 1
Have you ever wondered what the fuss about yoga is?
Is it really as good as (almost) everyone thinks and talks about it? Or not really? I am gonna let you in on a little secrete here. It sure is fantastic! If you have never tried it, give it a go, if you have tried it once and you somehow are not sure about it, give it another try, everyone deserves a 2nd chance, right?
Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body.
Yoga focuses on the body’s natural tendency towards health and self-healing. The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.
Yoga is for everyone at any given level. Whether someone is a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style. The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.
Once you start practicing yoga, you will start to notice and feel physical as well as mental benefits.
Let me give you some physical benefits of yoga:
· increased flexibility
· increased muscle strength and tone
· improved respiration, energy and vitality
· maintaining a balanced metabolism
· cardio and circulatory health
· improved athletic performance
· protection from injury
But besides a long list of physical benefits, the best benefits, in my opinion, are the mental ones. Especially the one how yoga can help a person to manage stress. Stress is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress itself can reveal in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches and an inability to concentrate. With yoga one can very effectively developing skills to cope with stress and to reach a more positive outlook on life. The asanas (postures), mixed with meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. A regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; it can increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centres attention; and sharpens concentration.
Long story shot: Start to incorporating yoga into your routine. It can help you to enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.
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