Yoga Instructor Ringwood, New Forest

Hatha Yoga

1-1 Yoga Lessons. 10 Benefits of Yoga

Yoga, the mind-body focused exercise, is considered a complementary and alternative medicine practice. It's practice influences physical and mental

disciplines to create peacefulness of the body and mind.

Though there is a wide variety of styles and intensities that focus on different areas of the mind and body, there are still many core benefits that can be gained from all forms of yoga. Here are ten benefits that you can gain through any regular yoga practice.

Flexibility. The first and most obvious benefit from yoga is an increase in flexibility in the body. Yoga focuses on lengthening the spine as well as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Lengthening areas of the body helps to release tension in the muscles and allow a greater range of motion.

Helps Manage Stress relief. The quiet and exact movements of yoga allows your mind to break away from your chaotic day and go into a greater state of calm. Regular practice can lower the amount cortisol in your body, which encourages relaxation.

Weight management. Though the more intense versions of yoga influences the body to burn more calories, any yoga practice can still help balance weight to a healthy level. Because yoga reduces cortisol in the body, fat burning and weight loss is influenced.

Improved circulation. The variety of poses, particularly the inversion poses, help to increase circulation throughout the body. Regular yoga practice will also lower blood pressure and pulse rate.

Pain relief. If you have any aches and pains that is, either a recent occurrence or chronic, yoga can help you find relief. Many people have reported having a decrease in pain after daily asana or meditation practice.

Benefit the heart. All variations of yoga, even the least intense, can help improve cardiovascular health. Yoga lowers your resting heart rate and improves your overall endurance.

Increased flexibility and strength. Yoga allows your entire body to become stronger because the poses engage all of your muscles. Additionally, since your muscles are directly connected to your bones then your entire skeletal system becomes stronger as well.

Better breathing. The main area that yoga focuses on is taking deep breaths throughout the entire exercise. Over time this increases lung function and allows oxygen to flow throughout the entire body. Regular deep breaths promotes a state of relaxation, which is the greatest benefit of yoga.

Greater concentration, awareness of the present. In order to properly achieve certain poses, you become challenged to become more self-aware of your body. The concentration needed to do yoga creates better coordination, memory, and reaction times in every day life.

About Yoga

By making yoga a part of your daily routine, you may become aware of subtle changes in your approach to life. In your yoga class you may well begin to glimpse a state of inner peace...your true Nature.

In our hectic modern world many people are taking ‘time out’ to practice yoga - a system of philosophy that originated in India 5,000 years ago. Everyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, sex or ability.

Yoga offers us a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, which can provide us with the ‘tools’ to cope with challenges of daily life. Yoga complements medical science and therapy for specific conditions.

You may be drawn to yoga simply for health and fitness, or be seeking relief for a specific physical condition. You might want help with managing stress, or would like pregnancy yoga classes or exercises suitable for the less able-bodied. 

What is yoga?

The Sanskrit word yoga is translated as 'union'. The practice of yoga helps to co-ordinate the breath, mind and body to encourage balance, both internally and externally and promote feelings of relaxation and ease. In the West, the most widely taught form of yoga is Hatha Yoga. Yoga classes offer students postures and movements to stretch, strengthen and flex the 

body, to develop breath awareness, to relax and sometimes to meditate. Some classes may be low impact while others can be very demanding. 

What Happens in a Yoga Class?

Classes begin with a short period of quiet to slow the mind and prepare mind, breath and body, followed by limbering moves and sequences to warm up the muscles and joints in preparation for asana (posture) work. Finally the Yoga session ends with a wonderfully relaxing meditation where the objective of stilling the mind by focussing your awareness on a single object the movement of the breath, an image or candle, a sound or chant. You will feel energised yet relaxed.

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