Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It is a combination of mental and physical exercises. The upside of yoga is that you do not need to be a yogi or super flexible to reap the benefits of it. No matter how old you are, how overweight or scrawny you are, yoga does not discriminate. Yoga is for everyone.
Let us look at some of the benefits that yoga offers.
Ooooh who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep after a long tiring day of sitting in the office or walking non stop in a hospital ward? But are you too tired to move when you finally get home from work? No worries! Here are some simple before bed poses which you use to relax the tension.
- Child’s pose (Balasana)
- Seated forward fold (Paschimottanasana)
- Standing forward fold (Uttanasana)
- Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
- Legs on the wall (Viparita Karani)
- Corpse pose (Savasana)
Unfortunately, although it has not been scientifically proven that yoga helps relieve anxiety. However, it emphasizes the importance of being present and finding that sense of peace, which helps with relieving anxiety.
HELPS IMPROVE BREATHING
Pranayama or yogic breathing focuses on controlling the breath through breathing exercises. The goal of pranayama is to connect your breath with your mind. It supplies oxygen throughout your body, hence promoting blood circulation and removing toxins. Improving breathing also helps with endurance and keeps your heart and lungs healthy.
PROMOTES HEALTHY EATING HABITS
Do you practise mindful eating? Or do you chew and swallow habitually? Do you use your 5 senses when you eat and drink?
Did you know that you can enjoy beer with 5 senses? You say “Cheers!” so that you could hear the beer! Yoga helps to promote mindful eating. By mindful eating, I mean being in the present, paying attention to your food, feeling emotions and experiences as you eat. Yoga helps to decrease binge eating and also a decrease in weight!
IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY AND BALANCE
Regular yoga practice helps you to gain flexibility by working towards inner peace and mind. Through mindful practice, you connect poses with your breaths, and you go deeper into those poses as you are physical capable. Poses with several rounds create deep connection with muscle tissue, encouraging it to relax and stretch. While your body goes deeper into those poses, it also helps create muscle memory in your body. Muscle memory reminds you that you have been in that pose before and you would want to challenge yourself to stretch even more.
Incorporating yoga could change your life habits and improve health, physically and mentally. Find time to practise yoga just a few times a week, 30minutes a day may be enough to to make a difference in your life.
To happier and healthier days ahead!