Yoga improves and builds:
Working on sequences of postures which encourage the body to flow in and out of held postures (Asanas), often supporting your own body weight, helps to build stamina, strength and overall fitness. While Pranayama (breath practice) helps to increase lung capacity, as you learn to take deeper and slower breaths.
Throughout the practice attention is brought to correct alignment and the subtle changes within the body. The natural strengthening of the lower back and abdominal muscles supports a healthy spine. Techniques and focus given in class help to bring awareness to the importance of correct posture both on and off the mat. Helping to reduce the build up of physical tension within the body. Having great posture isn’t just good because it’s healthy for the body it actually makes you feel brighter too!
Asana practice encourages deep stretching, at a level to suit your body, it’s range and skeletal structure, increasing the range of motion in both the muscles and joints. Over time this brings greater flexibility to the hamstrings, hips, back and shoulders. Whilst simultaneously building strength which helps the body to support and maintain flexibility, preventing the build up of physical tension.
Great attention is given to balance, several key Asanas which are developed and repeated throughout the practice encourage the body to support it’s own weight. This form of weight bearing and body control increases overall muscle tone. A regular yoga practice helps to develop long, lean muscles. Toning and conditioning key areas such as the lower back, abdomen, arms and legs.
- Stress reduction
Yoga encourages the mind to simply focus on the given moment and to release and let go of mental tension through a selection of breathing and relaxation techniques. Opening back bends lift and open the heart, encouraging your mood to also lift. And, as with any exercise your endorphin levels will rise leaving you with that feel good factor after class. Postures work to calm the nervous system which in turn helps to calm the mind, and aid clarity of thought.
- Core internal functioning
Twisting postures work to cleanse and tone the body’s internal organs, encouraging gentle detoxification. The immune, digestive system and thyroid are also gently stimulated which enables the body to function at its optimum level.
- Confidence and happiness
Yoga teaches you to be present, and mostly just to be comfortable with yourself.