Yoga - not just for "yogis"

Have you have ever been advised to, or considered trying yoga? Do you wonder whether yoga is suitable for you? Are you worried that yoga may be too hard or that it is only for certain people - those with good flexibility or conditioning?

In this blog we highlight some of the health benefits and provide you with some of the key reasons why yoga is an exercise for everyone. You just need to be willing to enjoy it and practice regularly.

Yoga is truly Whole-Person Focused: Mind, Body, Spirit

1. Postural and body awareness

Awareness of body movements and posture are severely heightened through practicing yoga and its variety of styles and poses. Through stretches and breathing, we gain insights into how our body functions, and how we feel when we change our state of motion and thought.

2. Emotional well-being

When practicing yoga, you will experience a number of positive emotions when performing routines. Quite often yoga sessions will have a clear goal or intention, which requires the student to remain focused throughout the class. At the end, there’s a sensation of cleansing and purity, which is beneficial for our emotional health and well-being. Yoga helps develop mindfulness about our thoughts and movements. Through practicing the various styles, breathing techniques and asanas, our awareness peaks, and this induces a sense of calm, peacefulness and relaxation. If you’re looking for something effective to help you think in a more positive way, yoga is a great solution.

3. It’s Accessible for All

Yoga can be practiced by people of all ages. You can take from yoga what you want, and you do not need to push yourself too hard, especially if you feel as though you’re not ready for certain poses or stretches. Young children and the elderly, or those with special needs can use beginner poses and routines. Yoga is a flexible exercise and can be tailored to each individual's needs.

4. Yoga may help chronic pain sufferers

There is good evidence that practicing yoga regularly can assist in the pain management of chronic conditions such as lower back, pelvic pain and neck pain. Yoga instructed by experienced and qualified teachers carries very little risk, and can be individually adapted to ensure your safety.

Advanced Rehabilitation Parkmore offers yoga classes to maintain your flexibility, continue to improve your conditioning, and help you to self-manage your chronic conditions. Contact us for more information or to book your place.

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