Boost your mental power with yoga

Yoga has the ability to fight stress, increase flexibility and improve self-awareness. Better Yoga wants you to experience these benefits by offering a 30-day money back trial – plus a free yoga mat.

The ultimate goal of yoga

Yoga means ‘to unify’ and is an ancient exercise borne out of India. The practice is centred on binding the body with the mind. As yoga expert David Surrenda points out, it is beyond physical exercise.

By combining challenging postures with awareness of where the body is in space, a state of mindfulness is developed. The importance of being present blocks worrying about the future and regretting the past.

Yoga versus Pilates

Both practices have their merits though yoga and Pilates are distinct from one another. Pilates is a physical practice that aims to strengthen the core. But yoga trains the mind and body together through postures, stances and movements.

Yoga and the mind

It might seem odd that a form of exercise could benefit the mind but research supports this. While yoga improves the physical being, it’s in its ability to positively affect the brain that separates it from most forms of physical exercise.

Abigail Wise notes some of the mental benefits to include:

  • Fighting stress and lowering anxiety – Studies have shown yoga decreases the inflammatory response of the immune system combating illnesses like depression.
  • Improved brain function – Focus and information retention are enhanced.
  • Increased happiness – By living in the moment, the mind is not given the chance to dwell or grow anxious but instead focus on the present moment.

Yoga and the body

There are physical rewards to be gained from a regular yoga practice too, according to Timothy McCall:

  • Improved flexibility – Becoming ‘stretchy’ is commonly linked with yoga – we’ve all seen yogis with the ability to contort their bodies like Gumby. But what’s less well-known is that pliable muscles mean less pain. Achieving a balanced muscle length restores alignment reducing aches and lessening the chance of injury.
  • Improved joint health – Everyday movement is limited but yoga practice demands movement through a full range of motion. Joints thrive on movement as they are supplied with fresh nutrients.
  • Increased strength – The challenging stances and movements build functional strength. As flexibility improves, the yoga postures force muscles to adapt and become strong in the newly unlocked range of movement.

Yoga for life

Yoga is a rewarding lifelong practice with the benefits increasing with age. At Better Yoga Life, we want to help you begin your yoga journey with a 30-day money back trial – you’ll receive a free yoga mat too.

To get started contact or for more details contact Louise King (L.King@betteryogalife.com.au or 0435 078 355).

References

McCall, T (2007), ’38 Health Benefits of Yoga’, Yoga Journal, viewed 24 February 2017, http://www.yogajournal.com/article/health/count-yoga-38-ways-yoga-keeps-fit/

Old Fire Station Backpackers (2016) Yoga Classes, online image, viewed 25 February 2017, http://oldfirestation.com.au/event/yoga-classes/

Surrenda, D (2012), ‘The Purpose of Yoga’, The New York Times, viewed 24 February 2017, http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/01/12/is-yoga-for-narcissists/the-purpose-of-yoga

Wise, A (2015), ‘How Yoga Helps to Keep Your Brain Healthy’, Real Simple, viewed 24 February 2017, http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/stretching-yoga/yoga-brain

 

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