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Benefits of a Daily Yoga Practice

Energy Boost

The synergy of body and breath work provides a boost which may be needed when energy reserves are running low in our busy lives.  The variation of poses help to awaken the main energy centres (chakras) in the body allowing energy to circulate more freely throughout the body.

 

Mindfulness

Yoga helps to focus attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions bringing stillness to a wandering mind. By drawing oneself inwards one may experience calmness and relaxation and consequently less stress and anxiety.  With this awareness comes higher levels of energy and enthusiasm, more self-confidence and self-acceptance

 

Calms the Mind

Heart rate variability (HRV) can be better regulated through a regular practice of yoga asanas, meditation and breathing techniques.  If the heart rate is lower, the body can respond to stress in a more flexible way.  Whilst calming the body and mind contributes to better sleep especially in certain poses.

Improved Cognitive Function

The combination of poses, breathing, and meditation produces structural changes in your brain. This not only causes certain areas of your brain to increase or decrease in size but also affects your cognition as well as how you process your emotions, stress, and anxiety. All of which help you live a happier, healthier life.

Efficient Breathing

The process of observing the breath enables aids mental stability, improved concentration and clarity of thought. An organised, decluttered, peaceful clear mind allows us to think more freely helping us to feel refreshed and content.

 
 
 
 

Weight Management

Yoga aids weight loss by fuelling the metabolic system thus helping to burn fat. By restoring hormonal balance to your body, yoga serves to normalise body weight. By lowering levels of cortisol (the hormone that is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration) yoga strengthens the overall mind-body connection.

 

Emotional Stability

Yoga can improve your mood by boosting the hormone serotonin in your body.  Simply put, yoga can make you feel happier.

Strength and Flexibility

Certain types of yoga practice can be considered valuable for cardio and strength training. A regular practice involving using your own bodyweight to support yourself, can tone your muscles and even help discover muscles you didn't know you had. Plus yoga helps you to stretch and relieve tension and enhance flexibility without adding stress on the joints.

 

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