While many yoga students share that they feel better after attending their weekly yoga class, is there scientific evidence that yoga actually helps the body? Yes! Overwhelmingly, the scientific community has concluded that yoga not only offers psychological benefits, but physiological benefits as well. Yoga’s focus on breathing, balance, stretching, and strength building all combine to improve the cardiovascular system. Don’t like high-impact cardio workouts? No problem. Yoga is an excellent low impact exercise alternative. As a low impact exercise, yoga exists as a key component to a well-rounded approach to heart health. Let’s take a look at how a dedicated yoga practice can support a healthy heart.
Moving your yoga practice from the studio to your home can be challenging. Unlike the studio, where your session fee holds you accountable, finding accountability at home can be a much more difficult task—especially when there’s laundry calling or yard work waiting. But nurturing a home practice is important to developing a well-rounded yoga practice. Here are essential tips on strengthening your home yoga practice.
Kids gain amazing benefits from regularly practicing yoga. Yoga offers physical, emotional, and mental gifts for Every Body. As learning and growing beings, kids are best suited to quickly absorb the principles of yoga. Studies report that today’s kids experience significant amounts of stress in both their academic and personal lives. Practicing yoga encourages youth not only to disconnect from technology, but additionally to find balance, focus, flexibility and strength to manage these stressors. Learning ways to quiet the mind and connect with the body, teaches children life skills that serve them on and off the mat.
Yoga alone offers many benefits to the body; however, paired with meditation, yoga offers a powerful mind-body connection which has been supported with scientific evidence. The ability to meld the body with the mind has long existed in yoga’s history. In fact, in her international bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert recounts a conversation she had with Ketut Liyer, a Balinese healer regarding the importance of incorporating meditation as a daily practice:
“Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.”
This passage touches on the great power that yoga and meditation can offer the physical and emotional body. While yoga’s attention to postures and breathing provides vast benefits for the body and mind, the addition of meditation packs a powerful punch for mental and spiritual health. Working to strengthen the mind, body and spirit simultaneously not only results in physical improvements, but emotional improvements as well. There is research evidence that a cohesive relationship between one’s mental, physical and spiritual self can have a direct effect on heart, respiratory and mental health.
As one of the oldest languages in the world, Sanskrit can sound confusing to Western ears. It is a ceremonial language that is not commonly spoken, but found in ancient texts. Considered as a sacred language to those of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain faiths, many ancient religious and poetic texts demonstrate this language’s unique beauty. Yoga teachers learn and often teach students postures using the traditional Sanskrit names. Let’s demystify yoga and look at 10 Sanskrit words you’ll likely hear in class.
Ever experienced a feeling of mild to moderate euphoria after completing a yoga class? That isn’t just a sense of accomplishment for making it through: that feeling is your body’s physiological response to your yoga practice.
“It’s best to have your tools with you. If you don’t, you’re apt to find something you didn’t expect and get discouraged.” ~Stephen King
Resolutions aren’t just for New Years—they can be useful all year round! Whether you’re just beginning your yoga practice or celebrating its 10th year, periodically reviewing your goals or milestones and setting new ones exists as a beneficial approach to your yoga practice. Taking the time to evaluate your current level and consider how to improve will never be a waste of time. Remember: the best investments are those that you make in yourself. Not sure where to start? No problem! Here are 10 great yoga resolutions for every student:
No doubt exists that yoga can benefit individuals living with mild to moderate anxiety. While a home practice can help, practicing with an experienced, certified instructor ensures that a student learns to master the correct alignment and breathing techniques for each posture.
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