I want to highlight the benefits of a regular yoga practice. You may have heard about the benefits of yoga, but do you know that practicing consistently can have a profound and lasting effect on your health. As a culture we are in a constant state of go-go-go, and generally speaking, we glorify busy and create full schedules whether it is for ourselves or for our children to make ourselves feel fulfilled in some way. Yet, more times than not, we end of feeling so tired because there isn’t any space.
My mantra this month is: I am working to create space in my life and feeling at ease.
Everyone can benefit from doing yoga in some way. You. Me. Your bestie. Your kid. Your spouse. All of us. Yes, I know some people think yoga is about putting your foot behind your head and balancing on your head, but that isn’t yoga. Yoga is so so so much more than that. Yoga is about creating the space: space for your body to move, space for your mind to quiet, and space for your heart to feel.
BENEFITS OF A YOGA PRACTICE
Stress + Anxiety
Yoga relaxes your nervous system, which creates a calming and restorative effect on the body and lowers cortisol.
INCREASES STRENGTH + FLEXIBILITY
A regular yoga practice helps open tight areas in the body and strengthens muscles in a balanced way.
Yoga improves posture that can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint pain.
Yoga increases oxygenation of tissues and improves joint health by creating varied movements and nourishing the fascia system in the body.
Practicing balance postures helps prevent falls and helps you use your body in a more balanced way.
ENHANCES PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH
There are many mental health benefits related to yoga including increased mood, self-esteem, and sense of equanimity.