Caring for your body has a profound effect on your overall health and quality of life. The physical postures and breathing techniques learned in yoga work to stretch muscle tissue, build strength, improve flexibility, and increase range of motion.
One of the best things about yoga is its ability to alleviate acute and chronic pain while gently healing the body. Yoga increases blood flow, improves bodily functions, and helps avoid injuries in your day-to-day life.
Yoga is a low-impact workout, so it is suitable for all fitness levels.
Unless you have a regular meditation practice, you are likely unaware of the magnitude of thoughts racing through your mind. This background noise repeatedly triggers our fight or flight hormones, which can lead to a constant state of panic or alert causing long-term stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, muscle tension, and many other ailments.
Yoga teaches us how to use yoga poses and the breath to reduce stress hormones by releasing pent-up emotions and tension stored in the body. These tools allow us to settle into a calm, relaxed state so we can enjoy the present moment, instead of fretting about the past or worrying about the future.
Yoga is known for its mind-body awareness, but what does that mean? When we practice stillness and move through yoga poses, we bring awareness to our thoughts and connect them with our physical body. As we become connected with our inner-self, we begin to notice patterns and behaviors that may or may not benefit our quality of life.
When we commit to a regular yoga practice, we build the strength needed to push through negative influences, break negative patterns, and learn self-control. This newfound strength builds willpower and improves self-esteem, which helps us make healthier choices in our daily lives.