'Work-In' As Well As Workout.
The ancient practice of yoga is a mind, body approach to total health and wellbeing.
Energising, restorative, strengthening; yoga helps to connect you with you and provides
benefits that go way beyond the mat.
'Fitness' is just one ingredient that makes up our health and wellbeing. The choices we
make about nutrition, our relationships and our emotional health are equally as important
to our 'fitness'. Yoga is unrivalled as an activity that contributes the most to all of these
aspects of our health.
Builds Lean, Strong and Flexible Muscles
We are not talking body builder muscles here! We are talking about building lean muscle that not only will help shape and tone your body, but also protect you from conditions such as back pain and arthritis, as well as perfecting your posture.
Because yoga balances strengthening with flexibility, lean muscle is built, rather than short contracted muscles developed through lifting weights for example.
Another great benefit from building lean muscle is that it helps to fire up our metabolism, making losing or maintaining weight much more sustainable.
Takes Care of our Bones and Joints
Practicing yoga uses the full range of motion in our joints and connective tissues, which helps to keep them healthy and prevents de-generation.
In yoga we strengthen the bones as well as muscles through weight bearing postures such as downward and up-ward facing dog. Weight bearing exercises have been proven to ward off osteoporosis and yoga's ability to reduce the stress hormone cortisol may also help to keep calcium in the bones.
As well as the obvious physical benefits of a yoga class, researchers have found that Yoga can also help fight food cravings. Mindfulness and building a stronger mind-body connection can help us to tune in to emotions and empower us to make better choices about the types of food we eat.
Better Flexibility and Posture
The physical practice of yoga will help develop stronger, supple and more flexible muscles. Regular practice stretches and tones the body which in turn helps posture, relieving you of body pain when sitting, standing walking or other activities.
Training Your Mind as Well as Your Body
Helps us to deal with stress
Work, relationships, kids, body image; modern day life is stressful and has one of the biggest impacts on our wellbeing. The practice of yoga helps us not only to strengthen our body but to strengthen and relax our mind too. This in turn gives us a greater connection within ourselves.
Helps us Sleep Better
Researchers have found that practicing yoga helps those who struggle to sleep at night. Breath control and restorative yoga practice can help calm the mind and the body, making it easier to get a good night's sleep.