Why Yoga?

 

To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. Finding ways to fit yoga and other related relaxation techniques into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. They’ll also help you to stay calm in the face of life’s unexpected events.

Yoga is an ancient system of self-discovery which should bring freedom and release to the whole body, working in contradiction to any 'no pain no gain' concepts. The practice of yoga involves stretching the body and forming a series of both moving and stationary poses, combined with controlled breathing. The body becomes relaxed and energized at the same time. Practiced regularly, it can also strengthen the relaxation response in your daily life. 

Yoga is continually being developed within a framework of traditional postures and mindful practices to offer physical, mental, emotional and spiritual nourishment, relief and sustenance. There are various styles of yoga, some moving through the poses more quickly, almost like an aerobic workout, and other styles relaxing deeply into each pose. Some have a more spiritual angle, while others are used purely as a form of exercise. Although almost all yoga classes end in a relaxation pose, classes that emphasize slow, steady movement, deep breathing, and gentle stretching, such as satyananda and hatha yoga, are best for stress relief.

 

 

The Benefits of Yoga

Whether you use yoga for spiritual transformation or for stress management and physical well-being, the benefits are numerous:

  • improved sleep quality

  • sense of well-being

  • stress relief

  • reduced levels of stress hormone cortisol

  • reduced heart rate and blood pressure

  • allergy and asthma symptom relief

  • reduced anxiety and muscle tension

  • increased strength and flexibility

  • reduction in frequency and/or severity of epileptic seizures

  • helps with smoking cessation

  • slowed aging process

  • spiritual growth

 

Since injuries can happen when yoga is practiced incorrectly, it is best to learn by attending group classes, hiring a private teacher, or at least following video instructions.