Did your New Year’s Resolution list include ‘getting more healthy and fit’? If so, learn 5 ways yoga helps meet New Year’s fitness goals :
- Yoga strengthens your body from the inside out. Yoga poses build core strength. The practice works deeper muscle groups than many other forms of exercise. You will build the kind of muscular strength that supports your spine and vital organs, and what could be more beautiful than that?
- Yoga helps to reduce stress. The mind-body connection in yoga is facilitated by an awareness of the breath, and this is at the same time energizing and calming. A focus on the breath—on or off the yoga mat—is a valuable life tool that provides self-soothing whenever stress knocks on your door.
- Yoga improves your balance. The practice of yoga involves a lot of exploration of stability, strength and even weight distribution. Many standing poses require a lift of the chest, a shoulders-down-and-together movement, and a gaze focused on the horizon. All contribute to healthy posture and greater balance.
- Yoga encourages flexibility. Yoga poses provide the opportunity to slowly, mindfully, and safely stretch and flex our bodies. Muscles can be lengthened and strengthened. “Motion is lotion” for our joints.
- Yoga fosters a clear mindset. Yoga movement is coordinated with an attention on the steady inhale and exhale of our own breath. The simple act of focusing on our breath puts us in the present moment and quiets our mind. And how better to accomplish your New Year goals than from a place of greater clarity and calm?
Successful plans for greater health and fitness always contain an element of cross-training. Because of the 5 reasons stated above add yoga classes to your mix in 2015!
Written by Dianne Ochiltree