Yoga is a great way to balance your workout routine. Yoga classes will help you increase flexibility, tone muscles, reduce stress and develop better focus. Whether your goal is fitness or you are a competitive athlete, yoga can be an integral part of your training. Yoga is a continuous flow of movement using the sun salutations while working on lengthening the muscles and opening up the hip flexors, shoulders, and other tight areas. Imagine how much your workouts will change once your hamstrings start to elongate from the downward dogs and those tight hip flexors start releasing making your squats and dead lifts easier to do and access. It’s a great way to relieve stress and tension in the muscles as well as the mind, while still feeling like you are doing something great for your body. You don’t have to be super flexible to take the class; taking yoga is going to bring back that mobility into the body. Yoga is a weight bearing exercise that will enable you to tone muscles and increase strength and flexibility. Yoga addresses superficial as well as deeper muscles encouraging trunk stabilization and core strength.
The following are just a few benefits of yoga:
- Develop better balance, focus and posture.
- Learn specific breathing techniques to create maximum oxygenation through the body as well as calm the mind.
- Yoga can alleviate back pain, tight hamstrings, hips and shoulders.
- Yoga can promote a more efficient digestive system, better sleep, lower resting heart rate, and greater sense of calm and well-being.
- Cultivate the mind-body-spirit connection by developing deeper awareness of capabilities and limitations of the body, and then move beyond your expectations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is yoga a religion?
No. Yoga is a philosophy that integrates people on a physical, mental and spiritual level through learning to control the mind. You can practice only the physical element (postures) or try to connect with the other elements. It is your choice. Visualizations are incorporated into the yoga classes.
Why is meditation and breathing so important?
By focusing on the movement of the body and regulation of the breath, you may begin to quiet the chatter of the thinking mind. A mind that is calm and clear is receptive (vs. reactive). The yoga practice cultivates a calm mindset and over time can set new neural patterns. This is when positive health benefits can begin to develop, such as lowering blood pressure and alleviating anxiety.