Why should you start coming to yoga?
If you think yoga might not be for you, we at LOOSEYoga urge you to reconsider.
1. It’s better than any gym workout.
Yoga is a fantastic workout for your body. You can adapt the practices to your own speed & level of comfort. No matter which yoga style you choose, the practices will always be part of a great workout routine. There are some fantastic series of movements that are perfect for every kind of day, mood, energy level & for every kind of person, meaning there’s no reason not to start doing some yoga as soon as you can.
2. It gets you in touch with your body.
Yoga asana (the postures we practice in class) are designed around the idea of moving your body to increase its strength & durability. Therefore, doing yoga on a regular basis will really get you to be much more in tune with your body & know when something is really working & when it isn’t. Sometimes it can be quite discouraging when certain part of our bodies aren’t working the way they were the day before or a couple of years ago; however it does make us aware that we need to look at certain parts of ourselves physically or emotionally or both & make enquiries, therefore bringing about greater self-awareness.
3. It makes us realise how key our breath is in normal life.
A big part of yoga is the breathing or the pranayama–which is incorporated into posture work & then on its own. Posture practice encourages a more focused and centered way of breathing & provide methods of effective stress-management & generally make you feel much better. As the singularly most important activity in life – breathing – it really helps to open your lungs & explore what it means to breath consciously.
4. It can improve sleep patterns.
Yoga can actually help you get better sleep. This might be due to the fact that a few sequences of poses and movements are intended to be done right before sleep; studies have shown that doing some light physical activity before bed can help us get off to sleep better, which usually leads to an improved quality of sleep. It also might be due to the fact that if you have problems getting to sleep, working on problem-areas through yoga can help alleviate pain symptoms & increase the likelihood of better sleep. Our yoga nidra classes are in fact all about sleep-yoga! A major focus of most all our classes is acknowledging the difference between energies & teaching us to let go, relax & be still – perfect practice for bedtime.
5. It will improve your posture.
Yoga will effectively encourage proper posture, since a lot of the breathing and seated positions require a straight back for proper effect. Good posture is definitely going to develop during yoga practice. As a nation of desk workers, Facebookers & generally round-shouldered slouchers, your yoga practice will start to undo the many years of slumping we put ourselves through. Even by increasing our awareness of how to sit properly, we’ll start to see changes & all of a sudden be engaging our core without even trying.
6. It can develop your physical and mental strength.
Yoga will help you develop some truly incredible mental & physical strength. The whole point of yoga is to work on your body’s strength so that you can sit for longer in meditation, add to that the breathing exercises & you are literally forced to focus on the moment. All this brings about the first forms of meditation most of us are capable of & by clearing your mind you instigate the alleviation of stress & therefore improve your own mental health.
7. Meditation can change your life for the better.
Meditation, meditation, meditation. It’s really the key to all things yoga. Call it minfulness, call it being present, living in the moment – whatever! Even if you can do every kind of complicated pose under the sun, it means nothing if it’s not done with focus & thought. Meditation has been shown time & time again to be a beneficial practice & it isn’t about wearing beads & harem pants, you can meditate at absolutely any time you like. All it takes is five minutes with some alone time and peace & quiet. Meditation improves your quality of life by allowing your mind some time to process everything that goes on in your life – it is a life changing practice.