Yoga Improves Wellness

Yoga Improves Wellness

Practicing yoga offers many benefits: stress reduction,

increased energy and awareness, increased flexibility, focused mind

and strong body. But with so many types of yoga in the modern world,

choosing and beginning a program can be confusing and difficult —

and misunderstandings abound. Do you have to practice postures

(asanas) in a hot room for an hour and a half to enjoy the benefits of

this ancient art – No. A successful yoga practice supports the goals of the practitioner without rigidity.

Yoga De-stresses

Consistent yoga practice can boost your efforts tremendously by helping

you recognize the causes of stress in your life and observe the thoughts

that cause stress — and use the knowledge to calm your carb cravings.

When we develop awareness, we can make conscious choices around

food and feel more in control of our lives.

Yoga Awareness

Breath work is also an important component of yoga. Yoga trains the

mind to recognize where and when we hold our breath. The less access

we have to the breath, the more stress is stored in the body. Yoga teaches

us to fill ourselves up with breath instead of high-carb food. Yoga can

inform us when we are becoming stressed so we can make the choice to

sit and breathe, meditate or do physical yoga postures. Focusing on the

breath dissolves our cravings and reduces stress. We naturally reach for

more nourishing foods. If we hold the breath, then we become unaware

of our cravings — and old eating patterns take over. Cultivating

awareness while we move in yoga postures is just as important as the

movement, especially for those wanting to change eating patterns.

More Yoga Information

Yoga Health Benefits: Flexibility, Strength, Posture, and More

www.webmd.com/balance/the-health-benefits-of-yoga

Benefits of Yoga – Why Yoga Exercise is Good for You

www.abc-of-yoga.com/beginnersguide/yogabenefits.asp

Health Benefits of Yoga

yoga.about.com/od/beginningyoga/a/benefits.htm

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Christy is a Certified Wellness Coach and has a passion for empowering and educating individuals. She has over 10 years experience in the Health and Wellness industry and continues to pursue health and wellness activities through weight training, aerobics, and dance. Connect with us on our Google Plus Page Active. Healthy. Well.