The Benefits of Yoga for the Mind, Body and Soul
There are many different ways to get fit and healthy, from personal training to boot camps, pump classes and gym memberships. But not all of these types of exercise and training have a holistic effect on the health of your body, your mind and your soul. Let’s take a look at the ancient tradition of yoga – and discuss the many benefits it can bring to your health and wellbeing.
Yoga is a practice that requires intense concentration at times, in particular when you are “flowing” between different poses, or asanas. It’s hard to think of much else but your breathing and the next place your body has to go when you’re in the middle of a yoga class. You have no choice but to focus. This brings a mental clarity and stamina that is hard to find elsewhere in your busy life. Yoga can also reduce depression and anxiety and give you a more positive and upbeat outlook on life.
The physical benefits of Yoga are no secret – it can take quite a bit of strength, flexibility and stamina to transition between some of the most difficult poses. Yoga is also great for back and neck pain – it really works out your core muscles, which support the muscles in your back.
Most Yoga classes have elements of different sorts of workouts – strength training, cardio, stretching and more. You’ll definitely break a sweat in a normal flow class, which makes Yoga a great exercise for weight loss. The slower and more restorative types of Yoga such as Yin are great for stretching and re-knitting the fascia – the connective tissue of your body.
Yoga will also improve your respiratory system, help you maintain a balanced metabolism, and will give you a large boost of energy. However, Yoga is still like any form of exercise – you will need to make a habit of it to reap the benefits!
Yoga could almost be considered a moving meditation – you really have to focus on your breath and bring yourself into the moment with each pose you take and every transition that you make. This makes it very hard to think about anything else that’s going on in your life.
Living in the moment is a significant spiritual practice, and with regular Yoga classes, you’ll feel more present and more grounded in everyday life. Also, almost every yoga session ends with a relaxation and meditation, where you can integrate the lessons that your body has learned during the poses.
So there you have it! Yoga is a holistic form of exercise with a multitude of benefits for your mind, body and your soul – so what are you waiting for?! Hit the mat soon and incorporate this ancient system of being into your life.
Get started with yoga in Newmarket today. Sign up for a yoga session at The Olympic Pools & Fitness Centre.