Studies say that YOGA is good for you, and it may just be choosing the right type for you. There are so many types of yoga and there are several yoga practices that can contribute to your well-being. We have found yoga to be a great preventative form of health care. Do you like Hot Yoga and getting into your target zone with core work? Or seeking the yin side of restorative/meditative yoga? Whether you are looking to do your first asana or refine your hand stands, there are a ton of benefits that are waiting for you on the mat.
When we talk about our first encounters with yoga, we all have different stories about why we showed up. Currently our relationship with yoga has grown into a steady commitment to our own unique connection to the practice. With over 20 million Americans practicing on the mat in 2011, and dramatically rising, it goes to show you that people are feeling its effects. The popular site web-MD offers precautionary information on what to know before you jump on the mat for the first time (or in a while). And if you think you need to move around for these health benefits, there is a ton of research on the benefits of just sitting and meditating.
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years just like yoga. Web Md says that meditation will help you ease stress and help you focus. In a time when we are over saturated with ads, challenging life circumstances, chaotic global events and in a culture with unsatisfiable desire, its good to come back to the simple things like breathing and maintaining awareness on the breath. There are many different styles to meditation (sitting and walking, which are forms of meditation in motion) or lying in bed before you go to bed or right when you wake up. Or you could sign up for a marathon!
Though a marathon is an epic task, it is not for everyone. Too often people who work out don’t build of a strong foundation and this can lead to injury. With yoga you can develop a gentle body awareness feeling more connected to where your edges are. According to ask a fitness coach dot com, yoga builds muscle, builds balance, and flexibility. In addition, it can also be used for building endurance if/when you are ready for power yoga!
There is a lot of information out there about yoga benefits for the mind-body and spirit (and a lot of cool pictures too!).
Look for yourself, yoga is catching on exponentially and there are a lot of good reasons and studies that say why. If yoga is good for the mind and the body, the next time you find yourself in a rut, go to a yoga meetup, yoga event, yoga class and get ready to meet a refined and transformed you. Stretch your mind and body by joining the yoga movement that is taking place everyday!