Yoga has been a hot new trend in western culture since the ’90s, but in truth, it’s an ancient old Indian practice that’s been going on for 5,000 years.
Its Marvels are being highly talked about by Practitioners all over the world. Yoga has the ability to improve mental and physical challenges, and they do so for several good reasons. The truth is that you don’t have to be an expert yogi to enjoy the benefits of this gentle practice.
In addition to cultivating mindfulness and relaxation, it brings about Balance and Flows into your life not forgetting Vitality.
Let’s take a look at some of the other benefits that come with practicing yoga.
As a Yoga teacher I've experienced some significant benefits in my well being. I've seen my students evolve from not being able to stretch out a leg and touch their toes to getting so flexible that they can now lay their whole palm on the floor while touching their toes.Being able to quiet their minds and go within, bringing them true bliss.
1. Strengthens the spine:
Gentle practices that enhances flexibility such as yoga can do wonders for back pain. Yoga has been shown to help those suffering from lower back or spine issues in just a few months of practicing. Even if you do not have back issues , you can still benefit from yoga’s spine stretching abilities.
2. Supports Fertility:
Stress throws our bodies off course in several ways. Studies have shown that stress greatly decreases our fertility and yoga is a means to combat this. When women engage in yoga, it gives them the opportunity to de-stress, relax, and open up energetic channels that can increase the chances of conception. Yoga can also improve blood flow to reproductive organs, therefore improving their function and hormone levels.
3. Helps to increase endurance and strength:
Though yoga isn’t overly-strenuous, it can be challenging. Yoga allows your body to find balance and in doing so, it builds your strength and flexibility. When this happens, it increases your capacity for exercise. If you struggle with physical activity now, yoga may be a gateway that will allow you to work up to other cardio exercises. This in turn helps to support and strengthen your heart
4. Helps to improve Lung volume:
Yoga encourages deep breathing practice ,Pranayama. Pranayama is an essential part of yoga that helps to expand the lung and its volume thus bring more oxygen into your body.
5. Helps joint Mobility:
One of the worst things you can do for your joints is not moving. Consistent movement is good for those with joint issues and a gentle practice such as yoga is highly beneficial. If you suffer from such issues, don’t feel like you can’t practice yoga. In my studios we use props such as belts, blocks, and bolsters that help my students find comfortable positions. If you stick with it, you just may find that it helps combat your symptoms and pain.
6. Divine Connection:
Yoga is a mind-body-heart connection. So naturally, it strengthens our connection with Divine/God/Source. When we allow our minds to get quiet, we hear the messages that Divine has for us. Perhaps you’re questioning the next step you should take on your spiritual path, or you believe there’s another lesson to learn, the meditative aspect of yoga can help you reconnect and listen.
7. Improves Awareness:
Yoga helps to quiet the mind. When we engage in yoga, we allow ourselves to let go of unwanted thoughts and feelings by bringing our awareness to our breath, in turn reducing stress . When we reduce stress, we’re better able to be in the present, The Now.
What does yoga do for you? I love to hear how You are moved, shifted, and changed by yoga.