1. It Lowers Stress Levels.
If only we could bottle that blissed out feeling we get post yoga class…
Maintaining a regular yoga practice can help to lower stress levels! During class you are encouraged to relax, slow your breathing and focus on the present moment. This helps you shift into your parasympathetic nervous system, which is calming for the body and helps to lower blood pressure. A regular yoga practice can also help to reduce cortisol levels – the stress hormone produced during fight or flight moments, an imbalance of which can lead to symptoms such as weight gain, mood swings and fatigue.
2. It Helps You Sleep.
We all have trouble dropping off to sleep now and again and with many of us having busy lives, sometimes our quality of sleep is the first thing to suffer. A regular yoga practise may improve the time it takes to fall asleep and to improve the quality. The combination of working out tight muscles, pranayama techniques to relax the nervous system and sinking into a restorative savasana at the end of practise may be just the thing to stop you counting sheep at night!
3. It Strengthens the Body and Increases Flexibility.
Yoga has many physical benefits – strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility are just the tip of the iceberg. During our first couple of classes we might feel as though we are never going to be able to touch the floor, never mind bend into postures shaped like pretzels! However, a regular yoga practise can begin to loosen stiff and knotted muscles, helping to increase our flexibility and lessen aches and pains! A regular yoga practise can also help to build muscle strength without sacrificing flexibility and prevent conditions such as back pain and arthritis.