For the body: Yoga slowly and gently lengthens the spine, creates space in the joints, stretches every muscle, relieves tension and tightness, builds strength, and increases mobility. It also stimulates all of our internal systems for enhanced health benefits including improved respiration, circulation, and digestion.
For the mind: Yoga helps to clear the continuous “chatter” in our minds. With a clear and quiet mind, we can live more fully in the present moment. We can focus more intently on our daily tasks and our loved ones, and we can see situations with objectivity, make better decisions, and even sleep better at night. Yoga can ease stress and mild depression and changes the way we react to situations. With regular practice of yoga, we can become calm and centered.
For the spirit: Yoga helps connect us to our inner spirit. As young children, we operate from our inner spirit, but soon start to look outward for happiness. We collect material goods, follow society’s expectations, and eventually become disconnected from our own heart’s desires, leading to a general feeling that something’s missing. Through yoga, we can once again discover our inner spirit, where we can lovingly accept ourselves and others, let our true personalities shine through, and live with a sense of peace and contentment.
Yoga is for everybody. People of all ages and various levels of fitness can enjoy the benefits of yoga!
Music by Freddy Hall c 20031