If you’ve thought of yoga recently, it’s probably in the context of freakishly nimble people, not yourself. However, we believe everyone should learn how to do yoga, and here’s why!
Firstly, no matter how fit you are and how strong you are, without flexibility you are not getting far. In many ways it is the unconsidered, forgotten cousin that fitness fanatics forget but desperately need. That’s where yoga steps in to help. Derived from ancient Hindu practices, modern yoga can be spiritual and esoteric, or simply the way you stretch out those kinks every morning, whichever you choose. It’s a great way to improve stiff joints, stretching capability and balance. It uses a serious of body-weigh movements using bends, poses, inversion and restorative positions combined with breathing techniques. It can be incredibly simple, or range to incredibly complex manoeuvres, another facet that gives it its usefulness and longevity as a practice. If your sequences are set up correctly when you learn to do yoga, each pose is counterbalanced as well, so that your practice remains balanced.
Working a desk job can leave our bodies still, weak and inflexible. It allows you to relax and treat yourself while still challenging your body and your balance. It will help strengthen muscles and tendons, increase bone density, straighten and align your spine, increase cardiovascular fitness and burn energy, improve your balance, reduce cortisol and stress hormone levels, assist with joint flexion, lower inflammation and more. And that’s just what it does for your body! Unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga offers a whole host of mental benefits. It will help increase discipline and focus as well as improve your happiness, self-perception and concentration. It’s a stress reliever and will boost energy levels while improving reaction times. It can even help address sleep issues. And, of course, provide a sense of pride and accomplishment, particularly when you tackle poses you couldn’t previously do or finish a routine on a hard day.
Yoga can both supplement people who already have a gym or athletic routine, and help people who have no previous experience with physical fitness find a way to improve themselves and their muscular-skeletal systems. It can even aid people in recovery from injuries.
Some people may well be put off by what they perceive as the esoteric nature of yoga. However, the fact is that you can get as much or as little as you want from a yoga practice. If you are not interested in exploring the esoteric sides, you don’t have to. A modern yoga practice can easily and simply be about stretching the body, or can be a way to boost the mind-body connection and explore the breath connection.
Everyone should learn how to do yoga, to reap the huge benefits a simple morning or evening practice can have on your health and happiness as well as bring a little bit of calm to hectic daily lives.