4 Great Reasons to do Yoga

By on October 14, 2016


1. Physical benefits of Yoga:

In Yoga, the poses allow you to stretch and strengthen your muscles; which lubricate your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This physical activity helps to tone the nervous system, improve circulation, release tension, increase strength and flexibility. Yoga is accessible to all, it’s important to start slowly, listen to your body and over time you will notice physical changes in many of these areas.


2. Greater sense of calm:

Living in the modern world can be hectic. When the mind, body and senses are continually bombarded with stimuli, they have no chance to rejuvenate, and can result in stress and tension. A Yoga practice enables you to set time aside to allow this rejuvenation to take place. Performing restorative poses, while focusing on your breath, can have a profound effect on your mind, body and spirit; leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated.


3. Heightened self-awareness:

These days, mindfulness is a hot topic in the western world. It has been shown to be a very effective way to reduce stress, enhance emotional intelligence and increase self-awareness. Although mindfulness is only becoming more popular recently, it is an ancient practice found in a range of eastern philosophies, including Yoga. What is mindfulness? It is a practice that encourages you to live in the present; frequently our thoughts drift into the future or the past, mindfulness teaches you to purposely bring yourself back into the present moment.


4. Learning a new life skill:

Yoga is very practical as it works on your mind, body and spirit, which results in many health benefits. This ancient health system dates back thousands of years, and it is as relevant today as it was then. You may even argue that it is more relevant today due to our stressful lifestyles. Learning should be a lifelong process and learning a skill which has so many health benefits is a very worthwhile endeavour.


By Michael O’Connor, Yoga Instructor, Skerries


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