7 Great Reasons to Begin Practicing Yoga
- You will be more flexible. You will be stronger.
- You will learn breathing techniques that are beneficial for a steady mind and a strong, healthy body.
- You will feel more relaxed and able to face the challenges that come up.
- Everyone comes to the mat with different abilities and strengths. Over time you will see a positive increase in your physical and mental well-being.
- You will observe your confidence rise as you work your way through poses.
- You will see your overall tension decrease.
- You will develop a ‘tool-kit’ of strategies designed to help manage your stress level when things get tough.
Yoga is practiced with the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. In contemporary practice, yoga is interpreted as meaning union.
To achieve this union it is necessary to prepare the body for meditation by stretching and building strength. This is the physical practice of yoga, also known as asana.
Yoga is about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits.
Our yoga teachers will often refer to “your practice,” which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring. Although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will.
Anyone can start a yoga practice, even if you don’t feel like you are very flexible or very strong. Your strength, flexibility and mental focus will improve the longer you practice.