Those of you that haven’t been hiding under a rock will be able to run off a long list of the benefits of yoga. Improves flexibility and balance, builds strength, helps you relax and focus, perfects your posture, regulates all the systems in your body, and the list goes on and on. All of these things of course are fabulous, and let’s face it if you’ve ever been to a great class you are familiar with the Yoga ‘afterglow’. But there are some deep, life changing benefits that a regular yoga practice can bring you:
1. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action. Have you ever made a decision that hasn’t sat well with you? Wish you didn’t just yell at the kids or snap at your partner? The practice of yoga teaches you to pause, breathe, self-enquire and reduce judgement so your actions can be less reactionary and your thoughts more objective.
2. Yoga is not just about exercise – it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. No matter how spiritual or non-spiritual you are, Yoga can help you forge a deeper connection with yourself. By letting go of old habits and establishing new, more helpful ones, Yoga can make you feel confident and more at home in your own skin.
3. Yoga allows you to welcome every experience with open arms. No matter how ‘bad’ or ‘good’, ‘hurtful’ or ‘joyful’, Yoga helps you embrace the full spectrum of life. Feelings, sensations, emotions and thoughts all come and go and Yoga teaches us to watch them objectively and to be less adverse or attracted to them. Emotional resilience, yes please!
Anyone, yes anyone can do Yoga and do it well! You don’t need to be a certain way or look a certain way. Yoga recognises that we are all different, from day-to-day and moment-to-moment. So if you are a human being that is conscious and can move and breathe, you can reap the many benefits of Yoga. But enough talk, come and experience the benefits yourself!