Yoga, Gotta Try It!

Yoga is one of the most talked about and better-known meditation exercises there is today. However, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there about Yoga, let me simplify it for you and I’ll make sure to point out all the good bits!

Let’s jump straight into the number one thing that Yoga gives our body, Flexibility. It helps all areas of our body move freely; from our shoulders, arms, waist, hips, legs, and down to our feet. It contributes to the flexibility of our lungs and increases our breath capacity by teaching us how to take deep full breaths which will then help oxygenate the body and improve our cardiovascular system.

A not-so-popular fact about Yoga but certainly a top benefit is its capability of improving one’s physical strength as you train your body to use itself to support your weight to form poses that involve great control of our muscle and bone strength.

Incredible for mental health and wellness, practicing Yoga lessens and can eliminate stress as we focus on our breathing and start to let go of the tension in our bodies, getting the body moving and the blood flowing. With proper breathing, we also learn to relax the mind and naturally achieve calmness which contributes to boosting our moods and even creating better sleep.

Those who practice yoga regularly also experience these other numerous benefits;

  • Detoxification
  • Hormone Regulation
  • Encourages Self Care
  • Helps with Emotional Awareness
  • Better Stress Management
  • Weight Loss
  • Better Sex Life
  • Body Positivity 

Now, enough benefits talk, and let’s move into action, what type of Yoga is for you? There are different types, here are the best Yoga for beginners:

  • Hatha Yoga uses physical techniques to try to preserve and channel the vital force or energy. 
  • Yin Yoga is a quiet contemplative practice that works with passive, longer-held poses.
  • Restorative Yoga is a restful practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching
  • Vinyasa Yoga, also called “flow” because of the smooth way the poses run together, is one of the most popular contemporary styles of yoga

You’re probably thinking, “How do I begin?” Well, Yoga poses can be done at home, however, if you are a beginner, it’s recommended to take a few classes first with an experienced and licensed Yoga instructor to make sure that you are performing these exercises accurately to prevent injury.

For many, Yoga has created a significant lifestyle change not only because of its benefits but through building communities who seek wellness and support, developing great connections with people over time is definitely a plus you won’t regret. So if you are looking for a new hobby, or fitness experience or plan to incorporate activity into an upcoming event, Yoga is certainly a top option to consider. Get connected and look for a Yoga studio near you now!

Francis O'Palick 13/12/2022

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