By Nicola Reilly of Foreverfit.
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Yoga has been around for over 5000 years, it is something that has stood the test of time and is recognized world wide as a beneficial aspect of health and wellbeing. If you have never tried out yoga but you have considered it and like the idea of it, then maybe now is the time to do it. The fantastic thing about yoga is you can do it in your living room where no one is watching. You don’t have to worry about how you look, you can simply drop straight into the feeling of yoga and what it creates in your body.
To often we think of exercise as something that has to take energy and that it has to be a “workout”. Yoga is a “workin” it builds energy, it improves blood flow, it aids in detoxification, it de-stresses you and it increases strength. Alot can be discovered about yourself through practicing yoga.
So here are some of the interesting benefits of yoga and why I think you should now stop considering it, and start doing it. Take the step and start to bring some yoga into your weekly routine. It doesn’t have to take hours, even if you simply started with a 5 minute routine once a week. Its a step.
Benefits Of Yoga
1.You learn to breathe.
We breathe every minute of every day and alot of people breathe shallow and tight. When you breath deep and you relax your shoulders and chest, you teach your body how to relax your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). This then becomes a powerful tool in helping you deal with stressful situations and decrease the amount of stress in your life.
2. You learn to step outside your comfort zone
There are poses in yoga that take your body to new places, they can teach you the benefit of stepping outside your comfort zone and expanding your limits. I love the term stretch point and how this relates so much to yoga, that moment of stretching outside your comfort area and exploring new possibilities. This is important not only in yoga but in all aspects of your life. Yoga teaches you how to approach that stretch point, how to breathe through it and how you become stronger by faces those moments.
3. You learn where to focus your energy.
Yoga is about building energy and focusing energy. You teach yourself where to put your energy and where to relax. The skill of focused energy is incredible valuable in this day in age of distraction and multi tasking. We are constantly flickering from one thing to the next and the art of just focusing on task in front of you is becoming harder and harder to do. This is why yoga is so powerful in that you learn to focus your energy on yourself and the pose.