Yoga is one of those things I’ve been talking about doing for years but haven’t until now.
Why? Because it’s an exercise program I thought involved movements I didn’t think I could do. It also involved meditation, something I was skeptic about.
But I went through an online training program last year called “YogaNursing® Essentials”
This is a simple, easy, self paced, done at home program I love!
Because anyone who knows me knows I don’t like to do things fast, I like taking my time and doing it right or not at all. So yoga fits well with my laid back personality but it also works for those Type A personality too, it just may take you a little longer to slow down. 🙂
What Does Yoga Do?
Yoga was once seen as a religious meditation kind of exercise and not one that worked for the body. If you were trying to lose weight you bypassed the yoga class in favor of something more rigorous.
What you might not know is yoga has been proven, in study after study, to help you lose weight, increase your energy level, decease stress and anxiety, sleep better than you have in years, soothe everyday aches and pains, increase your flexibility and much more.
Yoga is an ancient art that has been practiced for centuries. It is used to enhance the body and mind as well as heal both. Have you ever watched someone practicing martial arts? Some of the moves they perform seem almost impossible. That’s because of the strong connection between the mind and the body.
Yoga incorporates mental exercises as well as the physical exercises. Through it all you are practicing your breathing techniques. The body needs oxygen. As you inhale deeply and exhale slowly through your stretches and positions, your muscles are doing more work than you can imagine. Yoga adds flexibility to your body. Lengthening those muscles also builds them up stronger. I like that 🙂
Some people (me) immediately see the complex positioning of advanced yoga and say “I can’t do it”. By concentrating on each position and helping your body move into them, you can, over time, achieve the same level of expertise. Just breathe and concentrate on the breath.
Can you use Yoga to improve your mental health?
The mind goes a long way in deciding what we do or don’t do in our body. When you practice yoga you learn to tap into that mind-body connection. With each new milestone, you gain confidence in your ability to control the body.
You begin to see possibilities in your life with renewed purpose. Through your meditation and exercise, you develop a more spiritual awareness of who you are in relation to the universe and everything in it.
A healthy balance forms between your mental state and the rest of your life.
Practice makes perfect. With each positive step you take, the negative thoughts and emotions start melting away.
And, when yoga is practiced in a group setting, you also begin to foster relationships instead of isolation which can lead to depression.
Yoga is a serious form of exercise that brings with it healing and strength to the entire body,mind and spirit.
Don’t dismiss yoga as an exercise program because it can literally reshape your body, help you to lose weight and transform your health and life all at the same time. How would that change your life?
Do Yoga – Be Happy – Feel Good 🙂
Here’s an online program you can do at home, I just purchased this myself to continue with my yoga training long after the outdoor yoga class is done. My recommendation, Shape Shifter Yoga by Kris Fondran. I’ll be writing a review about this program soon, stay tuned.
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