10 Great Benefits of Practicing Yoga…

We don’t often go a day without hearing about mental health issues and the fact people are struggling. However, are we taking any steps to look after our own wellbeing?

If you are looking for a transformative practice that can benefit both your body and mind, then you need look no further than yoga.

With its origins dating back thousands of years, yoga has stood the test of time and continues to be embraced by millions of people worldwide.

Whether you are seeking physical fitness, stress relief, mental clarity or a holistic approach to well-being, yoga offers a multitude of benefits. Here we explore just 10 of them, but trust me, there are many more!

  1. Physical Fitness – Yoga is great for our physical being. It improves strength, flexibility and balance whilst toning the body. My classes are kind to your body, allowing you to be safe with the movements and grow at a rate that is unique to you. You will feel some of the benefits almost instantly.

 2. Stress Reduction – Of course, one of the biggest benefits of yoga is the way in which is assists with relaxation, stress reduction and an overall feeling of calm. It is fantastic at helping manage anxiety and depression.

3. Mind : Body Connection – Yoga emphases mindfulness and awareness, which allows you to foster deeper connections between your body and mind. The various elements within yoga, such as physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation and mindfulness are carefully integrated to help create a harmonious union between the mind on body. I’ll bring you more about the benefits of this at a later date.

4. Improved Posture – Regular practice of yoga helps correct posture issues, leading to better alignment and therefore less strain and injuries within the body.

5. Enhanced Breathing – Yoga incorporates deep breathing techniques that improve lung capacity, promote relaxation and help increase oxygen flow

6. Increased Energy and Vitality – Yoga poses and breathing exercises invigorate the body, boost energy levels and promote overall well-being.

7. Better Sleep Quality – The calming effects of yoga along with relaxation techniques can help improve sleep patterns and alleviate insomnia.

  1. Pain Relief – Yoga can reduce chronic pain, such as back pain, arthritis and migraines. It does this through improved flexibility, better posture and overall relaxation. As an example, a client of mine (late 40’s) began yoga 9 months ago due to poor posture and regular back pain. Just one daily activity that was out of bounds was gardening, as it would often lead to several days of excruciating lower back pain and immobility. She is now able to garden on a regular basis for a couple of hours at a time with no back issues at all.
  1. Weight Management – Regular practice of yoga can contribute to weight loss by increasing physical activity and promoting mindfulness in eating habits.
  1. Mental Clarity & Focus – The combination of physical movement and meditation enhances concentration, mental clarity and cognitive function.

I hope this has given you enough information to want to include yoga within your own lifestyle. Please take a look at my timetable to see if there is a class you’d like to try. If it’s the breathing and relaxation benefits you are looking for, there is a regular online option this on a Thursday evening.

Want to give it a go?