Benefits To Yoga
Yoga has been practiced for hundreds of years and has provided a wide range of benefits. Yoga fitness is quickly picking up pace and for good reason. If you are new to the practice of yoga, you will be surprised to find the following benefits when you participate in the yoga classes at Flow Yoga.
Yoga is known to reduce the effects of stress on the body by reducing the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress. You will notice a decrease in stress after participating in just one yoga class, but the more regularly you participate and practice yoga, you will notice your body reacting to stress in a much different way. As your body develops the ability to control breathing, the steady heart rate and ability to control that will minimize stress in your life!
Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduce pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions. As you develop your skills in yoga, you will become more flexible while gaining muscle strength. When you give your muscles this type of attention they can reduce the pain that these types of diseases, injuries, and aging can give you.
Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity. In each yoga class that you participate in, you’ll notice your ability to hold each pose increase!
Breathing practices in yoga, known as pranayama, is great for reducing stress, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. It emphasizes slowing down and taking deeper breaths. The rhythmic breathing that we practice in our yoga classes resets your body’s intended breathing pattern, improving your quality of life outside of the yoga studio.
Yoga postures, or asanas, use every muscle in the body, increasing strength literally from head to toe. Each pose requires you to focus and gain muscle control in order for you to hold the pose. You’ll notice your strength developing the more that you practice the poses in our yoga classes. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
While evidence is experiential, yoga teachers, students and practitioners find that yoga helps to support weight loss. Yoga encourages development of a positive self-image, as more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole. Yoga fitness is a great way for individuals to gain strength and flexibility in an extremely low impact way.
Yoga helps to improve circulation be efficiently moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells. As you practice breathing and gain flexibility your body is able to circulate blood more consistently.
Even a gentle yoga practice and provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise. Even if yoga isn’t the primary form of cardio that you’re participating in, you will notice the benefits of yoga in your exercise.
Yoga connects us with the present moment. The more we practice, the more aware we become of our surroundings and the world around us. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory. You will notice a difference in how aware you become of your surroundings and your body after only a few yoga classes.
The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace while finding a calming sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life. Being able to focus your mind on rhythmic breathing and muscle control through meditation and yoga will help you find that inner peace you’ve been seeking.