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People who practice Yoga once a week…..

Experience:

  1. Better sleep quality
  2. Lower blood pressure
  3. Are overall less stressed
  4. Balanced hormone levels

and these are just a few of the benefits you will notice!

 

The Benefits of Good Posture

Are you a slumper? Chances are you’re one or the other to some degree—despite your Mum’s best efforts all those years ago to get you to sit up straight and stop slouching. She probably told you that you’d look and feel better if you worked on your posture, and she was absolutely right. But if you’re like most people, you rolled your eyes and ignored her, or straightened up until she wasn’t looking. And you probably didn’t give posture much more thought at all until you walked into your first yoga class and tried to stand in Mountain Pose.

When you’re a beginner, it’s surprisingly complicated to master the art of rooting down through the feet while lengthening up through the spine, keeping your chest open without jutting your lower ribs out, and keeping the legs muscles strong and lifted without tensing the belly or jaw. But ultimately, Mountain Pose demands just one simple thing: that you stand in a way that supports the natural curves of a healthy spine. So why is it so difficult? And why do we work so hard to master good posture in yoga—leaving class feeling taller and healthier—only to slump down in the car seat on the way home?

In short, modern life conspires against good posture. We spend our days sitting at desks, staring at computer screens. When we travel, we do it in cars or—worse—airplanes. We lounge around in overstuffed chairs designed more for looks than for lumbar support. And we pay people to mow our lawns, tend our gardens, so we can spend more time working or driving or sitting. Non-sedentary cultures—with a few exceptions—don’t have the same epidemic of back and neck problems that we do. Picture a woman gracefully balancing a large basket of food on her head. To carry such a heavy weight, she must have a perfectly aligned spine and strong posture-support muscles. You don’t get that kind of alignment and strength from sitting around and watching the tube. You can, however, get it from a regular yoga practice.

What is yoga?

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Yoga is extensively known as a form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the body through various poses known as ASANAS. For some people, yoga is the realization of inner self-satisfaction. For others, it is a religion that they believe and must follow.

 All of this statement makes it hard to make a full understanding of what yoga is.

So what is yoga?

Yoga goes far beyond just mere exercises full of awkward routines. Yoga is the union of mind, spirit, and body.

HATHA YOGA is the most popular variety of yoga and one that has been commonly taught for years AND the one that I teach. This type of Yoga is perfecting the mind by way of perfecting the body. With this technique, many ASANAS or postures, breathing techniques, and meditations are used.

Yoga is a very diverse practice, people young and old can gain many benefits from regular yoga practices, and ASANAS can be adjusted to fit physical limitations and other complications.

If you want a break from treadmills, weight rooms, or the pool, take a look at yoga. Not only are you striving towards physical well-being, you are striving towards spiritual well-being also.

Basically the simple answer to the question….what is Yoga?……is:

Yoga helps you become your own best version of YOU!