September is National Yoga month. Let’s talk about What is yoga? How does it benefit me? And where to get started?
What is yoga?
According to the dictionary, the definition of yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation. This might be the dictionary definition of yoga but everyone has their own definition of what yoga means to them. There is no one size fits all for yoga. Making your yoga practice work for you is the just one of the many powers of yoga.
How does it benefit me?
Some people enjoy yoga for the physical benefits, while others enjoy yoga for the spiritual benefits. It is a workout for your body but is also a workout for your mind and spirit. Here are some benefits of yoga according to Yoga Journal.
1. Improves your flexibility
2. Builds muscle strength
3. Perfects your posture
4. Increases your blood flow
5. Drops your blood pressure
6. Makes you happier
7. Promotes a healthy lifestyle
8. Helps your focus
9. Improves your balance
10. Releases tension in your limbs
11. Helps you sleep deeper
12. Boosts your immune system
13. Gives you peace of mind
14. Increases self-esteem
15. Builds awareness for transformation
16. Encourages self care
Notice how all the benefits are connected. When practicing yoga you see that all things are connected. For example by changing your posture you will change your breathing which helps increase your blood flood.
Where to get started?
Are you thinking it is time to begin a yoga practice? At River’s we offer mindful poses and gentle yoga for all ages and experience levels. We hold classes Monday – Saturday, please check online for our class schedule.
We hope that River’s Edge can help you start or continue your yoga practice.