What are the benefits of Yoga and how can we bring it into our daily lives

What is Yoga?

Yoga derived from the Sankrit word “yuj” means “to unite” Yoga is a holistic approach harmonizing the body with the mind and breath 

 It is a 5,000 year old Indian body of knowledge and is a practice for everyone regardless of age, sex or ability. 

Yoga focuses on your body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing, co-ordinating the breath, mind and body to encourage balance, both internally and externally and promote feelings of relaxation and ease.

It can provide us with the ‘tools’ to cope with the challenges of daily life. 

You may be drawn to yoga simply for health and fitness, or be seeking relief for a specific physical condition. You might want help with managing stress, or would like pregnancy yoga classes or exercises suitable for the less able-bodied.  Whatever your objectives, there are yoga classes that can meet them.

 Yoga classes offer students postures and movements to stretch, strengthen and flex the body, to develop breath awareness, to relax and become Mindful.  Some classes may be low impact while others can be very demanding. 

Mental Benefits of Yoga 

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, an inability to concentrate and Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.

Physical Benefits of Yoga include?

“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other physical benefits of yoga include:

Increased flexibility

Increased muscle strength and tone and perfects your posture. …

Protects your spine. … 

Improved respiration, energy and vitality

Maintaining a balanced metabolism

Weight reduction

Cardio and circulatory health

Improved athletic performance

Protection from injury Preventing cartilage and joint breakdown. … 

Strengthens student self-awareness, self-regulation and interpersonal skills

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