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Benefits of a Daily Yoga Practice
As with most things, the more you invest the greater the reward. Since yoga is a holistic discipline you will experience many benefits to your mind and body over time.
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.
CALMING AND NOURISHING
Heart rate variability (HRV) can be better regulated through a regular practice of yoga asanas, meditation and breathing techniques. If your heart rate is lower, the body can respond to stress in a more flexible way.
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.
Yoga can improve your mood by boosting the hormone serotonin in your body. Simply put, yoga can make you feel happier.
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
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.
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.
STRENGTH & 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 you 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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