6 GOOD REASONS TO TAKE UP YOGA
Do you want to relax, regain energy, or make your body more supple? Yoga is the ideal solution, because its practice brings you all these benefits, and much more. Here are 6 good reasons to unfold your yoga mat!
By practicing it regularly, you feel good in your body and in your mind! Here are 6 good reasons to start yoga.
More than a sport practice, yoga is a privileged moment dedicated to oneself, a parenthesis offered to relax and create moments of serenity in everyday life. All yoga aims at calming the body to calm the mind, and thus achieve meditation (meditation is often practiced at the end of the session, in different forms). The objective of a yoga class is not to follow the rhythm of a group but to re-appropriate one's own rhythm. To learn to connect with one's breath and to become one with it, to know and accept one's mental and physical limits. To have a better awareness of your body is to begin to understand your emotions and to channel them better. Thus, to take up yoga is to take time for oneself.
Contentment or santosha is the ability to access a positive mind. Concretely, during a yoga session, contentment translates into the satisfaction of going further, to surpass oneself in a posture, to progress and to become aware of this happiness in this present moment. This surpassing allows to develop the mind to better apprehend and support the torments of everyday life.
TONE YOUR BODY
Yoga doesn't actually build muscle, but it sheathes, sculpts and tones all the muscles in your body. Some postures have a toning effect and for each muscle, there is a suitable exercise. For example, the bridge posture is perfect for toning the thighs and buttocks, the tree posture is recommended to tone the obliques, to strengthen the calves, thighs and hips, the warrior posture is ideal. If you are a beginner, you will start with basic postures that are quite simple. On the other hand, if you have a particular problem (back, articulations) you will be able to work the asanas (postures) according to it. Note that the more the muscles are toned, the more resistant they are and the more flexible you become.
DEVELOP YOUR FLEXIBILITY
In yoga, the repetition of postures, regular practice but especially the control of the breath allow to acquire a great flexibility. It is wrong to think that it is necessary to be flexible to begin yoga. The lack of flexibility is absolutely not a brake to the practice of yoga, in all benevolence. It is not innate and can be acquired through practice. It is the breathing that gradually soothes the body to allow it to become more flexible. It eliminates the feeling of discomfort during stretching, sometimes intense, and limits the body's tension when facing work.
The flexibility acquired with the practice of yoga allows to gain mobility, to increase the articular amplitudes of the body and to be more at ease in the movements of the everyday life. The relaxation of our muscles and tendons also helps to limit the risk of injury during sports training.
IMPROVE YOUR BREATHING
One of the key elements of yoga is the work on the breath, most often coupled with postures. We don't use our breathing capacities enough and yoga allows us to concentrate on the breath and especially to be aware of it. Yogi breathing techniques lead to a strengthening of the cardiovascular system. Deep breathing, sequence of postures and relaxation also help to clear the head. The intensity of oxygenation through breathing contributes greatly to this.
REDUCE THE FEELING OF STRESS
As a positive consequence of deep breathing, yoga develops and improves concentration. This allows you to breathe better and thus to make nervous tensions disappear. Focusing on breathing and balance postures, which require stability and anchoring, allows us to focus on the present moment, here and now, and to ignore what is around us. This distance from everyday life helps us to take a step back from our worries or blockages and gives way to the feeling of letting go.
BUT ALSO MANY HEALTH BENEFITS:
- better posture
- reduces pain
- aid to digestion (twisting postures)
- strengthens your joints
- fights against depression
Yoga softens, improves balance, energizes, is excellent for the joints, and in a word, yoga is excellent for the body and very good for health so don't wait any longer to discover this practice.