So why haven’t you tried Yoga?
A lot of people know me around OtterBox as the yoga girl. I volunteer to teach yoga, because it is a true passion of mine. If you’re like many people, you might have preconceived ideas about yoga. Some of the more common comments I hear are things such as “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga,” “I don’t understand the yoga language,” “do I have to chant or meditate when I do yoga,” “isn’t yoga some weird religious transformation,” and my favorite “I’m afraid I might pass gas during class.” It is amazing how little people actually know about yoga, and yet they decide that it’s not an activity for them based on these incorrect assumptions. So, I decided to share some of the things about yoga that many people may not know.
For starters, I would like to address the common comments and questions previously stated. Basically, you do not have to be flexible to do yoga, and while yoga can be a meditative exercise that some people feel provides a spiritual experience, yoga is all about what YOU make of it. You get what you need from it, which varies from person to person. Learning yoga is like learning any other type of exercise; it requires learning a new language and training your muscles to grow in ways that are unfamiliar.
There are some amazing benefits to doing yoga; some of which you may not know. Yoga offers physiological, psychological, as well as biochemical advantages. Sure, you can get these from other forms of exercise, but you typically will not find all of them in one as you will yoga. Some of the physiological benefits include improved balance, improved hand-eye coordination, increased immunity, better sleep patterns, improved posture and overall endocrine system improvements, which aid in hormone and metabolism regulation. And if you are someone looking to start a family, yoga can actually aid in reproductive health, allowing better chances of becoming pregnant. Don’t worry; just because you do yoga, that doesn’t mean that you will automatically get pregnant. It merely aids the reproductive glands to have more open pathways.
There are many psychological benefits, as well. If you’re looking to increase your overall satisfaction with concentration, memory, and self-acceptance, yoga taps into the parasympathetic nervous system and creates a calmer, more focused, you. It has also shown to decrease anxiety and depression in individuals that have previously been diagnosed with various types of mood disorders.
I’ve often heard my clients talk about how their diabetes, blood pressure and weight have improved since starting yoga and this is due to the fact that yoga has a biochemical effect on the body. When you practice different types of postures, particularly ones that involve twisting, you literally ring toxins out of the muscles and joints where they collect. This, in turn, decreases you sodium, cholesterol, and glucose levels while simultaneously increasing your vitamin C and serum protein levels.
Bottom line is this: whether you’ve plateaued in your current exercise regimen, can no longer tolerate some of the exercises that are tough on joints, or are simply looking to add something new to what you’re already doing, yoga offers so many benefits that just might be exactly what you’re looking for. Intimidation stops a lot of people from trying yoga, for fear that they may not be skilled enough or simply do not understand yoga. I would challenge any of you to take a chance at trying something new. I can promise you that you will be pleasantly surprised at how you can find ways to modify just about anything to your own level of ability. When you consider the many benefits of yoga, it seems silly to let intimidation get in the way of what could be an extraordinary change. And who knows? You might just find that it’s the one thing that’s been missing from your life!
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