Episode 81 – Six ways yoga can improve your life

 

Stress relief:

Yoga means “union” and refers to the relationship between body and mind. Yoga classes focus on the present moment to clear the mind. This allows us to relax, combat stress and anxiety by letting go of worries. When you feel stressed or anxious, use yoga to help de-stress and relax.

 

Strengthening & balance:

Many of the more advanced poses activate several muscle groups at once, while balance poses require great upper body and core strength. Yoga will help build and tone lean muscles and burn fat just like any other fitness routine. Yoga incorporates tons of balance postures, from standing on one leg to headstands to balancing on one hand. Thus your stability will, without a doubt, be challenged.

Yoga also encourages balance in other aspects of your life as well. Besides bringing mental clarity to help deal with the balance of stress, yoga can physically balance your hormones by bringing your endocrine system into equilibrium. Certain relaxing poses like child’s pose can even help reduce the release of cortisol, the “obesity-causing” stress hormone.

 

Flexibility:

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the stretches in postures incorporated in yoga will lead to much improved flexibility. Flexibility is proven to minimize the risk of injury and to improve aerobic training in athletes of all sports.

As we age, our flexibility is one of the first things to deteriorate if we do not constantly work on it. Fitting in several yoga or stretching sessions a week will help keep your muscles and joints in good working condition.

 

 

Confidence:

Yoga can build confidence through self-awareness. Yoga is non-competitive by nature, so the only opponent you have is yourself. By testing your own bodily limits and boundaries, you really get to know what you are capable of, and you can watch yourself improve and exceed goals over time. Seeing these improvements in yourself naturally increases self-confidence, which we all know is a key to success and happiness.

 

Patience & Focus:

To master some of the more difficult yoga poses, you’ll have to work on your patience. Patience will allow you to stay calm and collected whenever you’re facing a challenge and will help you focus on the present. Thinking about the past and future will often cause you to have distractions when working on something important. However, by completely focusing on what you’re currently doing, you’ll improve your concentration, problem-solving skills, and memory.

 

Better Weight Management:

Even the less vigorous kinds of yoga can help us control our weight by eliminating calories and stress out of the body, and reduce cortisol levels which are the cause of stress. Yoga also helps us increase self-esteem and encourages healthy eating habits

 

Thank you to Aral Tasher for the photo

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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.

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