Yoga Can Help You Feel Better!
Yoga is not about self-improvement, it's about self-acceptance. — Gurmukh Kaur Khals
How does yoga improve health, reduce aches and stress, and keep us strong and balanced?
In our practice, we use yoga poses (asanas) to promote strength and flexibility, combined with breathing and meditation exercises to promote energy and focus our attention inward.
Yoga is an ancient practice, developed in India over 5,000 years ago. Today it has evolved into many styles and methods, but all are rooted in its original traditions to promote overall health and well-being.
All over the world, people use yoga’s many techniques to bring balance to their lives. What they discover during their yoga practices is that one thing leads to the next—improved posture leads to less aches in the neck and shoulders, which leads to improved breathing, and improved breathing leads to more energy, less stress, and better sleep.
Some of The Benefits of Yoga
Improves Flexibility – Yoga gradually loosens the muscles and joints creating space without loosing strength.
Builds Strength – With yoga, you balance adding strength with flexibility.
Improves Posture – Strength protect us from arthritis and back pain.
Prevents Cartilage & Joint Breakdown – Your joints go through a full range of motion that works areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.
Protects the Spine – Movements of the spine forward, backward, side-bending, and twisting give the vertebra and discs what they need to stay healthy and supple.
Improves Bone Health – Bone density increases with weight-bearing pressure.
Increases Blood Flow – Twisting poses wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released. Inverted poses help blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart.
Boosts Immunity – Moving in and out of yoga postures increases drainage of lymph (a viscous fluid rich in immune cells) which helps the lymphatic system fight infection and dispose of the toxins.
Reduce Stress – Yoga lowers cortisol levels. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to stress or crisis, putting the body in “fight or flight” mode, which temporarily boosts immune function. But if cortisol levels stay high after the crisis, they can compromise the immune system and cause depression, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. Yoga helps to reset the parasympathetic nervous system.
Improves Sleep – Yoga can provide relief from our busy lives. Restorative yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation encourage a turning inward of the senses.
Improves Balance – Yoga helps to increase proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space). It also builds strength through small muscle groups used to stabilize the body.
Improves Digestion – Any physical exercise can facilitate digestion because a body in motion is better than a body at rest. Yoga increases this benefit through the many types of bending and twisting poses, literally massaging the inner organs.
Brings Peace of Mind – Yoga brings together physical, mental, and breath exercises to help quiet the mental fluctuations of frustration, anxiety, worry, or desire. We use tools to bring the mind into focus on the present experiences so life can be lived with greater ease.