Practicing Yoga is a Lifestyle
Yoga was developed up to 5,000 years ago in India as a comprehensive system for well-being on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. While yoga is often equated to a series of postures and breathing techniques, but practicing yoga has more to offer. Today, many millions of people use various aspects of yoga to help raise their quality of life in such diverse areas as fitness, stress relief, wellness, vitality, mental clarity, healing, peace of mind and spiritual growth. Yoga is a system, not of beliefs, but of techniques and guidance for enriched living.
Yoga allows you to explore focus, discipline and concentration with your mind. Often we are caught up in daily tasks. It’s important to take time for you: your mental clarity. According to Duke University Medical Center, “practicing mindfulness through yoga and meditation also results in higher serotonin levels (the happiness hormone), and long-term practitioners have shown more mass in the areas of the brain associated with contentment.” Think of yoga as exercising and relaxing your mind, a form of meditation. Once you clear your mind, you can accomplish anything.
2. Flexibility & Strength
The flow and repetition of yoga helps your body create a greater range of motion. The more you practice, with proper alignment and technique, the more flexible you become. Practicing yoga helps you feel space in the body. In many types of yoga practices such as Bikram or Vinyasa, your body is stretching in different positions.
3. Reduces Pain
According to Annals of Internal Medicine, people living with chronic lower back pain reported better back function, though similar levels of pain, after a few months of practicing yoga. The extension of your muscles help loosen joints making you less prone to injuries. Yoga protects your muscles. Most poses are held for lengths of time to tone muscles and engage your core.
4. Less Stress
Yoga is your breath of fresh air. You need to clear your mind from your day to day. Many styles of yoga use meditation techniques that can help mute the noise in our heads, which is the root of anxiety and stress. Deep breathing also pushes you to focus on your breath and clear your mind, which can bring a much-needed sense of calmness and serenity.
Sit, don’t slouch! Through practicing numerson sitting and standing yoga poses, you will stand taller. You use your abdominal muscles to maintain poses, which heps strengthen your core. Therefore, you will have great posture and have a six pack to take with you anywhere!
6. No Equipment Needed
No gym membership or heavy equipment is needed to practice yoga. All you need is you and your mat. Yoga is made avaliable with classes online, mobile apps as well. Take your practice anywhere you go with your mind.
Meet Nora Farghaly, GPI’s newest Director of Marketing. Nora is currently pursing her Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Hour Certification this Spring at Laughing Buddha Hot Yoga in West Deptford, NJ. Feel free to ask her questions about practicing yoga and our Head Trainer Beth Bartholomew, who teaches our Golf Yoga courses.