By Danielle Rottenberg, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Bodyworker
1. Prevents Pains & Aches
As yoga improves flexibility and strength it also helps in preventing back pains and joint pains that often occur from long periods of sitting or driving. A daily yoga practice (even just 20 minutes a day) can help to relieve spinal tightness and contracted muscles in hamstrings and hip flexors. So do a little bit of yoga everyday to help keep the aches and pains away!
2. Mental Peace
Yoga’s overall emphasis on breathing and other balancing asanas help in harmonizing both sides of the brain. This also helps with decision making and having more clarity to complete our daily tasks. By practicing yoga, you can find a state of balance between your thinking brain and your creative brain. Sounds like a great way to achieve some peace!
As you can imagine by doing plank poses, downward facing dogs, standing and balancing poses, we are aquiring strength in various muscles. But do you realize that with adding twists, breath work, inversions and forward folds you are strengthing your immune system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system and reproductive system. Not bad eh?
Yoga asanas, breath work or (pranayama) are just a few examples of how to activate and balance your energy pathways. By using these tools you can gain the vitality and power you need to maximize your potential. Who wouldn’t want that?
The mind is constantly involved in activity – thoughts of the past or worrying about the future. These thoughts leave you unable to be present, to truly be in the moment, yoga can help! By simply being aware of this wayward mind, we can help reduce stress or worry by bringing consciousness to the breath. Yoga, meditation and pranayama help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, because really being present is the greatest gift we can have.
9. Yoga Will Help You Lose Weight
The power of Yoga to heal ailments and cure diseases is becoming more and more an integral part of mainstream medical practice and treatment methods. Even Western Medicine is beginning to see the power that yoga can have on those experiencing dis-ease. This ability of Yoga to heal also promotes longevity from the inside, out.