The Benefits of Yoga
The benefits that can be experienced and enjoyed from engaging regularly in a well-balanced and well-structured yoga class are immense. These benefits extend themselves in many directions physically, emotionally and spiritually. This is why yoga is such a perfect activity, it is possible for both the absolute beginner and the advanced practitioner alike to enjoy consistent benefits yet each time they practice yoga it can also bring something new, something fresh.
"I hope that you'll enjoy the many, many benefits of yoga through my Yoga2Hear classes. Please remember to listen to your body and work within your own limits. When practiced mindfully and without competition Yoga has the ability to become a life changing practice."
The Benefits of Yoga Postures or Asanas
Yoga postures or asanas have many physical benefits such as lengthening, strengthening and toning all of the major muscle groups of the body, improving posture, alleviating minor aches and pains and they can also reduce muscular stress and tension and help you get the perfect night sleep. Due to the folding, stretching, compressing and rotating that the torso experiences Yoga asanas have a very positive impact on the internal systems of the body and all major organs are massaged, toned and stimulated. The muscular contractions of the body increase circulation and aid lymphatic drainage, which will help to remove toxins from the body.
The Benefits of Yoga Breathing Exercises or Pranayamas
Yoga breathing techniques, also known as pranayamas, will provide even more benefits. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word which means "control of vital life force". The Prana is regarded as a positive life force and by increasing the amount of prana within the body, healing can take place and the body and mind will reap immense benefits. Pranayamas also increase oxygen levels, improve lung capacity, focus and calm the mind and help remove toxins and clear the respiratory tract. When yoga asanas are combined with pranayamas the benefits are even greater, yoga asanas can be used to direct prana to different areas of the body, which will allow this vital life force to build up and generate a little internal heat. As the posture and breath are released stagnant energy can be moved, toxins removed and energy can then travel freely around the body. Some of these practices can help to balance the body's energy centres known as chakras.
The Benefits of Yoga Relaxation or Savasana
Yoga also teaches relaxation techniques (Savasana), which help to clear and focus the mind and remove mental clutter. These techniques are powerful tools that can be drawn upon in times of need to help eliminate stress and provide stability during times of change in our lives.
The Combined Benefits of Yoga
All of the benefits combined will raise energy levels, clear the mind and generally promote good health. When the body is healthy and the mind is clear and focussed yoga practitioners begin to feel energised and really good. As they continue with their yoga practitioners might find that they begin to make a few lifestyle changes. A change in diet is common, this happens very naturally as the body becomes more tuned and balanced. A any cravings for caffeine, alcohol, sugar and high calorie snacks begin to reduce. It is because of these changes that yoga is the perfect tool for anyone trying to combat any form of addiction such as giving up cigarettes or alcohol. It also helps practitioners opt for a healthier diet to assist with weight loss should this be a chosen goal. As the benefits of yoga continue to reveal themselves, practitioners will become calmer, more focussed and more confident in general.
Yoga helps to harmonise body and mind so practitioners can experience a coming together and the whole body internally and externally is in harmony with itself and its surroundings. The mind is able to focus, the body is free from stress and tension and more agile. Once the body and mind are enjoying a new level of health it is then possible to look to yoga for more spiritual benefits. Many practitioners find that this path naturally reveals itself. It is because of all of these benefits that yoga is so popular and it is now used by people from all walks of life who want to look and feel better.
The Benefits of Yoga for Sports
Yoga is also becoming increasingly popular with sports professionals who use it to increase their physical and mental strength in order to optimise their performance. Yoga is also very useful as a form of rehabilitation after injury, illness and trauma. It also helps to manage many conditions including Hypertension, Stress, Sciatica, Depression, IBS, Asthma, Insomnia, PMT and Migraines. Yoga is also being used to help combat drug addiction and there are many techniques that can be used to help stop the cravings for nicotine.
The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
There are many benefits to be gained from a regular prenatal yoga practice, these benefits are experienced throughout the entire pregnancy, during labour and after giving birth. Prenatal yoga is becoming increasingly popular, many midwives recommend Hatha yoga to expectant mothers as a safe and effective form of exercise. Prenatal yoga will enhance relaxation, encourage a healthy sleep pattern, help control mood swings, ease and prevent joint swelling and nausea, enable the mother to bond with her developing foetus, strengthen and lengthen the muscles used in giving birth, help the body to recover after birth and reduce the risk of postnatal depression.
The Benefits of Postnatal Yoga
Yoga is an ideal form of postnatal exercise, it helps the body to recover after birth and reduces the risk of postnatal depression. A carefully devised postnatal class should be gentle, effective, relaxing and will revitalise both body and mind. Postnatal yoga can improve muscle tone and shape around the hips and stomach and re-align the lower back after the months of adapted posture caused by carrying your child. It can also help to reduce body fat, refresh and calm the mind and relieve stress and tension.
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