The truth is that yoga is anything you want it to be.
There is A LOT of stretching in yoga, but…what’s really going on when you stretch one muscle is that you’re actually flexing another. This relationship is known as “extensors and flexors.” When the extensor muscle relaxes, the flexor muscle strengthens.
These muscle groups are known as skeletal, forming around the bones to bend and straighten joints while creating motion and activity in the other surrounding muscles. Muscle groups are being toned and shaped, while internal organs are being purified and massaged.
By adding conscious movement, your body and mind will stretch and strengthen. It’s up to you how much you want to either relax into a pose or activate and strengthen your muscles. Just be mindful that you are approaching each pose with grace and ease.
Whatever the style of yoga it is that you practice, you are dedicating time to connect the mind, body, and breath.
Much like life, yoga is not a destination but rather a journey that unfolds before your very eyes. Be the silent observer of your body and allow yourself to watch and appreciate the amazing things it is capable of doing and you may surprise yourself with what you as a whole being can achieve.
Yoga can be helpful in weight loss in a number of ways; the most obvious perhaps has to do with the number of calories you burn on a Yoga mat doing some of the more vigorous varieties such as power Yoga and Ashtanga.
However many people that take to milder Yoga practices such as gentle asana and breathing techniques also drop weight, so it’s more than just burning calories.
Because of stress’s role in overeating and in the formation of fat, Yoga’s proven ability to fight stress (and lower Cortisol levels) is another aspect of its effectiveness as an aid to weight loss.
Yoga may also help with weight loss through its focus on seeing clearly…before you can change something, you must acknowledge it for what it is.
Gentle stretching and relaxation is the way forward!…namaste’
How can a yoga posture or time spent watching your breath change the way you feel? Our brains are plastic, and engaging in a behavior over and over again leads to changes in our brains. Neuroscientist Sara Lazar shows us, through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brains of study participants, that yoga and meditation are effective in reducing stress, reducing symptoms of diseases such as depression, insomnia and anxiety disorders, and, interestingly, increasing quality of life – people report that they are happier.
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