Benefits of Yoga

by Elise Bowerman

The practice of yoga offers countless advantages.  The following are some of the most basic and important - no matter where or when you begin practicing... yoga knows no age or boundaries to experience these life-changing benefits.

Asana (Physical Exercise) Benefits

  • Increased:
    • alignment
    • balance
    • body awareness (proprioception)
    • flexibility
    • funtional movement patterns (movements you do everyday)
    • range of motion
    • resilience
    • sensitivity
    • stability
    • strength
  • Cleansing of toxins from body
  • Adaptability off the mat

Pranayama (Breathing Exercise) Benefits

  •  Increased:
    • energy
    • sensitivity
    • sleep ability
    • vitality
  • Stimulates immune system
  • Balances
    • mood regulation/emotions
    • Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS)
      • SNS in our western culture is "on" more than it is "off," which is why many have difficulty staying still, sleeping, and may "switch" right into aggressiveness/anger if slightly provoked.
        • PNS = ability to go with the flow, relax, chill-out
        • SNS = fight or flight, chest/lung breathing
  • Gives clarity of mind
  • Aids in purification/detox
  • Sense of feeling a lightness or energy flowing

Where did everyone go?

You need more help after birth than before. When you’re pregnant, people open doors, carry things, and smile at how much you glow. Once baby comes, where do all those people go? You’re on your own now, expected to know everything, and take care of your baby like every other mom. As if doing it all yourself is some bullsh*t right of passage. We all love baby, but let’s not forget about mom.

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