Our busy lives are filled with interruptions, temptations and peer pressure on a daily basis. We are constantly being challenged to do more with less and get creative in dealing with everyday life. Yoga and meditation are low-cost, helpful tools that can have a positive impact on you.
Here are some of the many benefits of yoga and meditation.
Yoga helps to:
Increase body awareness;
Learn how to use your body in a healthy way;
Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement;
Improve your confidence and positive self-image;
Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group;
Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices.
Here’s what you can expect to learn in yoga and meditation class.
1. Awareness of the breath: Breathing exercises can energize you or encourage relaxation, depending on what is being taught. Different techniques help you connect to how your body feels as a result of deep breathing. Focus increases, as does their breathing and lung capacity. Stress is naturally reduced and healthy hormones are released through yoga and meditation.
2. Strengthening and energizing: Many people think that yoga is great for stretching, but does not build strength. But teachers will include conversations and exercises around how helpful yoga is for building strength. Talking about the different muscles used in poses and incorporating games and sequences will help build strength as well as body awareness and coordination.
3. Balancing: Balancing poses teach you that with increased focus, you can increase attention naturally, even in people who struggle with different attention challenges. Poses and games focused on balancing skills, develop an inherent strength, induce a meditative feeling, and promote stillness and quieting of the mind.
4. Stretching and lengthening: It’s great to be strong, but a body that’s only based on strength has no way to yield when pressured. Strong muscles without flexibility can't move quickly, pulling on bones and joints. Yoga poses stretch muscles, making them warm and more flexible.
5. Awareness and focus: Yoga and meditation helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. People who have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.
6. Flowing, connecting and integrating: When we string poses together, we give you a taste of what it means to move with ease. It also helps build the awareness that all our movements are a series of coordinated efforts between muscles, bones, joints and nerves.
7. Meditation and relaxation: Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether you are holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there's going to be a calming, soothing quality.
We use many different tools to teach yoga and mediation – if you feel that they could help you, give us a call or stop by today and we’ll be happy to discuss them with you.