If you feel your life could do with a little more clarity, perhaps some grounding, or increased energy, strength and flexibility, then yoga could be just what you are looking for. It is common knowledge that yoga can help us develop strength and flexibility in our bodies, however when practiced regularly, yoga will also help us to develop strength and flexibility within our minds as well. This development of mind and body will have a positive impact on your life and help change it in ways you may not have imagined.
Increased Strength And Flexibility
Through regular practice of yoga asana (the physical practices), your body will become stronger and more flexible. Aesthetically this will give an appearance of a toned and healthy body on the outside; however the benefits don’t stop here. Internally yoga works to support the function of all the internal systems of the body, including your digestive, metabolic, immune, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory and your lymphatic systems. So whilst you can see and feel your body grow and develop into a stronger and more flexible form, internally you will be supporting and fine tuning the workings of your body.
Improved Immune Function
As was just mentioned, yoga practices support the function of all internal systems of the body, though one that will really change your life is the improvement of your immune system. Yoga practices stimulate the movement of blood, lymph and oxygen through your whole body. But it isn’t just the breath and physical movement that work to improve the immune system, it is also the ability to relax when needed, finding that balance between being active and recuperating.
Boost Your Metabolism
Because of the stimulating effect yoga has on the internal workings of your body, it is a useful way of regulating your metabolism and giving a supporting boost if it has been acting a little sluggish. This means that regular yoga practice helps you to lose weight not only by burning the calories whilst you are practicing, but also by stimulating your body’s overall metabolic system.
Increase Your Energy Levels
Having more energy is something most of us crave, and yoga will help you achieve it. Not only do the stimulating effects of yoga asana and pranayama (breathing practices) work to increase blood flow and oxygenation throughout your body, giving you a boost of energy, they also help stimulate the mind so that you feel motivated and invigorated.
It can be surprising to reflect on how little awareness we have as we go about our day to day lives. Have you ever been driving and then discovered you have no recollection of the past 5 miles because you were so deep in thought!? Yoga helps remind us of the importance of this moment right now. Through the different practices we become more aware of our body, our breath and our thoughts. This awareness is something that only grows the more often it is practiced, and ultimately helps us connect more deeply with the experience of our lives.
Brings You In Touch With Your True Self
Yoga can be a very personal experience. We dedicate the time we are practicing yoga to focusing completely on ourselves. We leave the thoughts and worries of the day at the door (so to speak) and become present with how we are really feeling in that moment.
It is not uncommon to sometimes feel a little overwhelmed in life, or that you have lost direction. Yoga helps us to reconnect with that core essence of ourselves, so that we can re-orientate ourselves once again and find focus, passion and drive.
Mindfulness is about developing an awareness not only of what is happening around us in this moment, but also of the different thoughts and patterns of behavior we exhibit. Through yoga we begin to cultivate more mindfulness into our lives which ultimately empowers us to make decisions that will not only support our well being, but also support the well-being of those we care about.
Learn How To Relax
In this busy day and age, finding time to relax is one thing, but actually being able to unwind and make good use of that time is another altogether. We may look like we are relaxing, yet thoughts of what we should be doing or what else needs to be done, continue to whirl around our heads. Yoga teaches us to put aside these worries and concerns, when we are relaxing, and it by helps us gain a little perspective.
Being able to really relax is vital to vitality, long life and happiness. So try yoga for yourself, and watch your life change for the better!