In the midst of the constant hustle and bustle of life, how do you just quiet your mind and escape from reality for a few seconds? No, there’s no magic pill. But it’s close enough- yoga. Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. You see pictures of people doing beautiful yoga poses on mountain tops, the beach, or in other exotic charming places. Peaceful, serenity. Silencing the world. Nothing more than being in the moment, then and there. Concentrating on each breath you take. Inhale a deep breath of fresh air, rib cage expanding, exhale and release stress, worry, and tension.
Aside from building strength, muscle definition, and increasing flexibility, yoga has many positive benefits on the mind, body, and soul, as a whole. Quieting the mind is one of the most important things yoga can do, along with energize the body, improve digestion, and even be therapeutic.
Health benefits yoga has to offer:
Regular yoga practice has been shown to normalize blood pressure
Improve joint mobility and flexibility
Ease muscle tension
Reduce stress/ anxiety
Increased feeling of calm
Gives you inner strength
Meditation can be a big aspect of yoga for some. The idea of meditation is mental stillness, quieting the mind. This is achieved when the body, mind and senses are brought into balance. The nervous system relaxes. Yoga sequences can be done for relaxation, to reduce pain, increase flexibility, and even energize.
Yoga pose for meditation:
Quarter Lotus Pose
Yoga pose to calm and relieve stress:
Yoga pose good for low back health:
Yoga pose to improve concentration:
If you haven’t given yoga a try, it’s definitely something to consider. Whether it be at home following a yoga video, or attending a yoga class. Yoga has so many great benefits to offer and very much impacts the body in a positive way.