A regular yoga practice can improve our mental, physical, and emotional health.
Lately, it seems as though there’s a yoga studio popping up on every corner. Yoga is an ancient practice for connecting the mind and the body and it’s way more than just exercise. Yoga can have spiritual and mental components, as well. The word “yoga” translates as “to yoke” or “to unite” and it’s all about uniting the mind and the body through our movements and breath. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the amazing benefits of yoga and why it’s so wonderful to have a regular practice.
If you’ve ever completed a yoga class, you know that you feel very different at the end than when you walked in. Yoga has a way of resetting the brain and making us feel both calm and energized, aware and soothed. Our bodies are more limber and our minds are clearer. Physical benefits of yoga include increased strength and flexibility, as well as improved heart health and reduced inflammation. If you’re doing a very physical type of yoga, such as vinyasa or Ashtanga, you’ll notice a serious boost in your stamina and overall aerobic capacities. Additionally, yoga helps us to become more aware of our mental states, our breath, and the intricate connection between body and mind. Yoga is a practice of concentration and when we look at it as a way to connect as opposed to just a physical exercise, we start to notice some of the mental health benefits. It helps decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, while also increasing overall mood, memory, and concentration. The spiritual aspect of yoga helps us to feel more connected to not only ourselves but the world around us. When we start to get in the flow of breath and movement, we realize that we are one part of a whole and that everything truly is connected. In this sense, we can see yoga as a path for spiritual transcendence and heightened awareness.
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