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Lorena Smalley

We have a large group that loves to do yoga at our centre.  We continue to provide yoga classes online but we thought it would be a great time to share some articles that we have found online that outline the benefits of yoga! 

First up…

10 Reasons Yoga Is for Absolutely EVERYONE – by Kristin McGee

Ever wonder why yoga is so popular? I have news for you—it’s because it was meant to be just that: a healing, strengthening, calming, and empowering practice that offers something for everybody, regardless of their age, gender, race, size, shape, background, and yes, even their fitness level!  Don’t believe me? Hear me out. Here are my top ten reasons yoga is for absolutely everyone.

1. It relieves stress.

Yoga is a true stress reliever that benefits people from all walks of life. In yoga, we learn to pay attention to our breath, and our breath is the easiest way to change our mindset and emotional state.

When we slow down and take deep, full breaths, we can relax our parasympathetic nervous system, which alleviates anxiety and tension. It doesn’t matter who you are; once you discover how powerful connecting with the breath can be, you will be so happy you decided to try yoga!

2. It’s an incredible way to strengthen the body.

So many of my beginner clients can’t believe how hard yoga is. After their first session, they say, “Wow that really made me work,” or “I never knew it would be so tough!”

When we practice yoga, we use our own body to support us in different postures. Yoga truly helps us develop strength from by using our core to support us and by engaging our muscles actively to keep us in a pose.

3. It’s an amazing tool for opening up and gaining flexibility.

Yoga definitely limbers us up and helps us tap into our own flexibility. You don’t have to be Gumby to practice.

When you start a yoga practice, it’s all about stretching your own limitations. You will find that the breath helps you go deeper into each posture and you open up more every day. It’s a process and it takes time, but you will see progress the more you practice.

 

Thinking about adding yoga to your fitness practice…click here to visit the Do You Yoga website to read the entire article!  We promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

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