Yoga is a system that was developed over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga means yoke/union or the bringing together of mind, body and spirit. Through various postures, breathing exercises and meditations, yoga has proven to have numerous physical and psychological benefits. Although the system is ancient, it's principles and methods are still relevant today.
Some people think that yoga is all about stretching or getting twisted like a pretzel or always being zen or having the perfect body and if they are not able to do or have any of the following, then yoga isn't for them. The truth is, yoga is about connecting your breath with movement while building strength, flexibility, and endurance. It's about turning inwards and enhancing your self-awareness to accept yourself for exactly who you are.
Yoga also isn't a competitive sport. You are forever a student and your practice is the personal journey you create each time you go to your mat. And eventually the feeling of connectedness expands into your daily life and becomes a part of you.
Still not convinced? Here are some cold, hard facts as to how yoga can help you:
- Regulation of Blood Pressure
- Improvements in balance
- Helps insomnia
- Decrease in Pain
- Range of Motion Increases
- Flexibility Increases
- Gastrointestinal Function Normalizes
- Blood Pressure Decreases
- Anxiety and Depression Decrease
- Memory Improves
- Attention Improves
- Mood Improves
- Social Adjustment Increases
- Development of Self Awareness
- Hostility Decreases
- Self-Acceptance Increases