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Benefits of Yoga

There are many benefits of yoga but many people are intimidated from giving it a go.

As a teacher, one of the things I hear a lot is I’m not suitable for yoga as I’m not flexible enough.

There are other reasons for people not starting (including I’m too old), but this is the one that stands out for me.

Let’s get this straight.  You do not need to be flexible to start yoga.  You do not need to be anything to start yoga.

Yoga has many goals and/or benefits – flexibility is just one of them.

You could be the stiffest person on the planet.  Stick to a regular yoga practice and you will become more flexible over time.

The simple truth is that yoga has benefits for everyone and ‘every body’.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a movement practice and lifestyle system that has changed my body and my relationship with myself over the years.

The added beauty of yoga is that as you age or the demands on your body change, the yoga can change with you.

My practice today is completely different from my practice 10 years ago and I am comforted that yoga will continue to be able to accommodate my body and mind needs for the rest of my life.  I do not doubt that.

As I say to many of my students – Yoga is the ultimate body and mind MOT.

The Benefits of Yoga

If you are curious as to how yoga has helped me below are a few examples:

  • I have learnt how to strengthen my body holistically and functionally (what I mean by that is that I can squat down to pick up things and touch my toes – cool eh?).
  • I have found body balance which has been vital in sorting past issues like back pain and sciatica and an ongoing shoulder issue that only yoga ended up fixing.
  • I have amazing mobility and flexibility.
  • I can still enjoy moving my body like I did 20 years ago.
  • I have amazing tools to help me manage stress and anxiety – something that plagued me when I was younger.
  • I have learnt to embrace slowing down and resting and enjoy all the benefits of putting myself first.  Yoga and yoga alone have taught me how to do this.  You cannot give from a glass half full, and this is so true.
  • I live my yoga practice on and off the mat.  It is my life buddy, and I honestly don’t know where I would be without it.
  • If you are thinking of starting yoga; if you are curious about how yoga can change your body, mindset – your overall health and well-being then this might be the year for you to give it a go.

What Now?

What to discover more?  You can ⬇️⬇️⬇️

  1. Sign up for a sequence of 3 short videos to give you an idea of what yoga is all about. Click here to access the videos

2. Join me for my next 6-week beginner’s yoga course.  Click here for details

 

 

 

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