We all know yoga increases our flexibility when we practice often. But there’s a lot of people who don’t know the other benefits, which are much more important than just being flexible. These other benefits not only are physical, but also mental. I found an article on yoga from the American Psychological Association that talks about practicing yoga. Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, a neuroscientist, commented about the practice:
“I believe if everyone practiced the techniques of yoga, we would have a preventive aid to a lot of our problems,” Khalsa says. “There would likely be less obesity and Type-II diabetes, and people would be less aggressive, more content and more integrated.”
We all have our own reasons for practicing yoga. Flexibility, strength, lower stress, find your calm, etc. When we commit ourselves to practicing on a regular basis, we’ll start to see us reach our goals, plus more. It’s incredible to see what yoga can do for us if we commit. It becomes such a big part of our lives because it leaves us feeling almost invincible. Below I’ve listed just a few of the benefits for both physical and mental. There are many, many more benefits!
- Improved flexibility
- Stronger muscles
- Helps prevent arthritis
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Improves energy
- Improves athletic performance
- Handle stress better
- Quiet the mind
- Focus on breathing
- Encourages positive thoughts
- Encourages self-acceptance
- Builds awareness of your body, feelings, and others around you
Savasana: lay down on your back, legs shoulder-width apart, arms next to your sides but not touching, palms facing up. Inhale to the count of four, exhale to the count of eight. Concentrate on your breaths. Start at your head and relieve any and all tension in your body. Move down your body joint by joint until you reach your toes. Notice the negative energy leaving your body to make room for the positive energy.
Savasana (Corpse Pose) is (usually) the last pose in your yoga sequence. This pose is intended to bring total relaxation to your body after a beautiful sequence you just completed. Even if you don’t have time to practice yoga today (shame on you!), you should still get into Savasana for 5-10 minutes or until you are completely relaxed — however long that may take. You’ll notice a difference in your mood and energy levels almost instantly.
Since it’s finally Friday, I know we all can benefit from Savasana. It’s time to wind down and enjoy the weekend!