Yoga hosts a myriad of benefits from spiritual to physical. Practicing it on a regular basis enhances your quality of life and leaves you or your loved ones feeling at peace and centered. Yoga is not only good for the mind but the body as well and has been known to not only keep you in shape but also hasten up the healing of other physical conditions. No matter your age, you or your loved ones will always be able to reap the benefits of practicing yoga.
Stress Reliever and Mood Enhancer
An obvious benefit of yoga is its ability to release stress and improve our moods. Yoga is a calm and peaceful practice that is centered around breathing and mindfulness. The slow movements and deep breathing calms us down and relieves us of anxiety and stress. Stress causes a lot of different health issues including heart problems and diabetes. Keeping our stress low is key to maintaining good health.
It also puts us in a better mood as we leave each session with a clearer mind. It increases our mental and physical energy and boosts alertness. It makes us more aware of our surroundings and more cautious of our emotions. When practicing yoga, this relaxed and calm state of mind enhances our mood and is something everyone should practice.
Increased Strength and Flexibility
The slow concentrated movements of yoga poses force our blood to flow better and strengthen our muscles. The minute movements in each move help us gain better control over our bodies. This increase in strength and flexibility helps us gain independence in our golden years as we become more capable to move and do things on our own, from sports to daily activities, and prevents falls.
As we get older, we may experience more respiratory problems. A lack of oxygen can be damaging to the body. Yoga relies on breathing to hold different poses it also teaches us specific breathing techniques that can help improve respiratory issues and strengthen our lungs. Practicing breathing can lead us to a better quality of life.
A Restful Night’s Sleep
Having a relaxed and clear mind preps us for a better night’s sleep. For those that suffer from sleeping disorders, practicing yoga could be something to look into as it relaxes and tires the body out making it easier to get to sleep. It slows down the mind and thoughts, helping us sleep right through the night.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of all is that of mindfulness. Yoga opens your mind and understanding of the world around you. A clear mind is one that can perceive the world differently. When surrounded by other like-minded and supportive people, you become more grateful and grounded. It also helps manage emotions and moods. We become more appreciative and understanding of the people around us when we focus and dedicate our time to finding inner peace for ourselves.
With all this in mind, it is no surprise that yoga continues to be a highly recommended exercise that many people can take part in. Try out practices like hatha yoga which focuses on strengthening and introduces you to the fundamentals or chair yoga if you are of limited mobility. Our Dimensions Health and Fitness program at Aston Gardens At The Courtyards hosts yoga and meditation classes that focus on your or your loved ones’ mental and physical wellbeing. Feel free to contact us to find out more about our different programs.