Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy in the mind and body. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. A unifying factor amongst the different types, or schools, of yoga, is that most sessions include breathing exercises, meditation, and poses that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
Yoga also provides many physical benefits which are valuable to any exercise regimen or lifestyle change. These include:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
Further more, the incorporation of meditation and breathing into yoga can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centres attention; and sharpens concentration. Yoga indeed stretches us beyond the limits of our minds and body…it may even help you bust through that weigh-loss plateau!