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Are you ready to plunge into yoga?

Updated: 3 days ago


Have you ever thought about trying yoga yourself and were not sure how to start? Have you ever wondered why some people love yoga?


In a recent study by John Hopkins Medicine, yoga delivered the following nine benefits.


1. Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.

Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength.


Try Tree Pose - Vrikinasana - balance on one foot for one minute then place both feet on the ground and breathe slowly for thirty seconds then stand on the other foot for one minute. Identify a spot in front of you and use you drishti (focus) to hold your gaze there as you balance. Have a chair, wall or able top close to hand for additional support if required.


2. Yoga helps with back pain relief.

Yoga is as good as basic stretching for easing pain and improving mobility in people with lower back pain. The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain. Try it: Cat-Cow Pose Get on all fours, placing your palms underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. First, inhale, as you let your stomach drop down toward the floor lift your head and tail bone. Then, exhale, as you draw your navel toward your spine, tucking your chip to chest and rounding your shoulders. arching your spine like a cat stretching. Repeat slowly four or five times. Then give your hips a wiggle and go into Childs Pose, Balasana by dropping your hips onto your heals. Your arms can be stretched to the front or tucked into your side.


3. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms.

Gentle yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomfort of tender, swollen joints for people with arthritis, according to a Johns Hopkins review of 11 recent studies.


4. Yoga benefits heart health.

Regular yoga practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts. Several of the factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight, can also be addressed through yoga. Try it: Downward Dog Pose - Adho Mukha Savasana Get on all fours, then tuck your toes under and bring your sitting bones up, so that you make a triangle shape. Keep a slight bend in your knees, push your hands into the mat and push your tail bone to the wall behind you then gently bend each knee alternately lowering your heal closer to the mat with each bend while lengthening your spine and tailbone.


5. Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better.

Research shows that a consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.


Try It: Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose Sit with your left side against a wall, then gently turn right and lift your legs up to rest against the wall, keeping your back on the floor and your sitting bones close to the wall. You can remain in this position for 5 to 15 minutes.


6. Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.

You may feel increased mental and physical energy, a boost in alertness and enthusiasm, and fewer negative feelings after getting into a routine of practising yoga.


7. Yoga helps you manage stress.

According to the National Institutes of Health, scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep.


Try It: Corpse Pose (Savasana) Lie down with your limbs gently stretched out, away from the body, with your palms facing up. Try to clear your mind while breathing deeply. Tuck a pillow under your knees to take the pressure of your lower back. You can hold this pose for 5 to 15 minutes.


8. Yoga connects you with a supportive community.

Participating in yoga classes can ease loneliness and provide an environment for group healing and support. Even during one-on-one sessions loneliness is reduced as one is acknowledged as a unique individual, being listened to and participating in the creation of a personalized yoga plan.


9. Yoga promotes better self-care.

Scientific Research on Yoga Benefits

The U.S. military, the National Institutes of Health and other large organisations are listening to — and incorporating — scientific validation of yoga’s value in health care.

Numerous studies show yoga’s benefits in arthritis, osteopenia, balance issues, oncology, women’s health, chronic pain and other specialities.


If you would like to try yoga then please feel free to get in touch and register attend on of my classes in person or online.


Namaste,

Caroline

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