Sunday, June 8, 2014

Why Yoga?

Too many times in my day to day world do I get asked why I practice yoga or have someone tell me they want to join yoga to get 'fit' or 'healthy' or 'in shape'. While yoga will help with your overall health, it is not something to join on a whim.
Yoga is a practice. It is something that shouldn't be minimized to a 10 week session or just a few classes here and there. Yoga is a time for yourself, to take an hour out of your busy hectic tv infested life, to just focus on your natural beauty, spirit, and inner peace. Of course yoga will tone your muscles and you will get more flexible over time, but that should not be the main reason to practice. Below I will list some health benefits of practicing yoga on a regular basis.  

  • 1. INCREASED ARM STRENGTH. After 16 classes, your arm strength could increase by 12%.
  • 3. INCREASE IN FLEXIBILITY. 8 weeks of practice will give you 35% increase in flexibility.
  • 4. DECREASE OF PAIN. Decreases the amount of Lactic Acid in muscle and Decreased Joint Pain.
  • 5. INCREASES LIBIDO. Enough said.
  • 6. HELPS WITH DIGESTION. Increases metabolism and helps digestion.
  • 8. LESS STRESS. Slower breathing amounts to less stress.
  • 9. OXYGEN TO THE BRAIN. Slower breathing allows more oxygen to get to your brain.

Practicing will also give you peace of mind and make you more grounded and have better focus.
I could go on and on giving you more reasons to practice yoga, but I don't think I need to. When you decide to start, or continue, your practice, make it about YOU and enjoy every minute of it. Namaste!

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