There is a good reason that yoga has stood the test of time. This ancient practice is a total mind and body experience, with both physical and mental benefits. It is suitable for every age, body size, strong or not strong, supple or not supple. Yoga will make you feel better – no exceptions. You may need to find the style or teacher that suits you and your situation, but once you do, yoga has the capacity to change your life for the better. Are you ready to hit the mat?
Yoga makes you feel better
Pick a suitable class for your level, go in with an open mind and you will feel different, better, more open, present and happier. Research shows the practice can reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. Yoga may even reduce symptoms of more serious mental health issues like anxiety.
It can make your mind sharper Exercise is a natural way to sharpen your memory. Yoga, in particular, may also help boost brain func- tion and improve reaction time post-workout.
Yoga can ease pain
Neck pain, knee pain, back pain…. Yoga is the antidote to these types of ailments. The practice can help relieve chronic pain, according to Harvard Medical School.
It can help you sleep
Forget the sleep aids, allow yoga to be your lullaby. Research shows the practice can help with insomnia. And with it’s calming benefits, there is no doubt your mind will be relaxed and prepped for rest. Try one of these night- time yoga moves for better sleep.
Yoga helps you to stay focused
Because your mind will be quieter and clutter-free it is easier to direct the energy to where you want it to go. You train the mind to become aware and present. Research has even shown that after a yoga class you are generally better able to focus your mental resources, process information more accu- rately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively.
It makes you more flexible and balanced
Say goodbye to klutziness. A regular yoga practice can help improve your balance and muscle flexibility. And don’t stress if you are a beginner : there are ways to modify yoga poses to fit your not so flexible limbs.
It may lead to a happier state of mind Studies suggest that practicing yoga can boost your mood. Namaste 🙂
In our next issue find out what yoga style suits you best!■