Yoga is a holistic practice that targets all aspects of your health and wellbeing. You don't need to be experienced, or to be able to put your legs behind your head, in order to reap the benefits of a regular practice that is adapted to your abilities.
Once you have established yoga as part of your daily, or weekly routine, you will begin to notice some of the amazing things that yoga does to your body.
Balance is the key to living happily; both literally and metaphorically. Specific yoga poses encourage us to find balance in our physical being. Through mastering these balances on the mat, we are better able to find balance in our lives.
Yoga has been seen to improve bone density, as certain poses (when well supported and aligned correctly) create positive tension between the muscles and bones, promoting growth. Added to that, yoga keeps joints supple and helps to oxygenate the body which carries more nutrients to the bones.
No matter how inflexible you believe yourself to be; there are yoga poses that can be adapted to your current level, which will help to improve your flexibility. It's incredible how quickly you will start seeing improvements too, providing you practice regularly.
Yoga does wonders for calming the nervous system and reducing the symptoms of anxiety. The mind focuses on the physical element of getting into and holding certain poses, whilst also concentrating on syncing the breath with the movement.
Yoga fully engages your brain in the practice, so it is unable to spare any energy for negative thought processes, which are often the root cause of anxiety and stress. We reinforce inner calm through stabilising our body and mind.
The primary aim of practicing yoga is to link our breath to our movements. This is the art of yoga and is where the power of the practice lies. It requires long, even breaths, that are simultaneously controlled and unrestrained. These breathing techniques will serve you in all areas of your life.