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The Benefits of Slowing Down: How Slow Yoga Transforms Body and Mind

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

At Unwind Yoga Studio we believe in the power of slowing down for a healthier and happier life.


The gentle, deliberate movements of slow yoga, whether in a slow and mellow flow, a yin or restorative yoga practice, have a positive influence on your body and mind.

Mind-Body Connection: Slow yoga fosters the mind-body connection. Studies have shown that practices like Yin and Restorative yoga enhance this connection by encouraging mindfulness – the art of being fully present in the moment. Researchers have discovered that engaging in these slow, deliberate movements promotes a deeper awareness of our bodies, leading to improved mental wellbeing.

Stress Reduction: One of the standout benefits of slow yoga is its ability to reduce stress. Scientific investigations reveal that these calming practices trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, the body's natural relaxation response. This, in turn, leads to a decrease in cortisol levels – the stress hormone. So, next time you unroll your yoga mat for a slow session, know that you're not just stretching; you're giving your body a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle.




Improved Sleep: If you've ever struggled with getting a good night's sleep, try a mellow or slow yoga session at the studio. Research suggests that regular participation in slow yoga contributes to better sleep quality. The slow, intentional movements, coupled with focused breathing, create a tranquil environment for both the body and mind, paving the way for a restful night's sleep.

Joint Health: Concerned about your joints? Slow yoga practices are here to lend a helping hand. Recent scientific studies indicate that engaging in these gentle movements enhances joint flexibility and reduces the risk of musculoskeletal issues. So, not only does slow yoga feel good in the moment, but it also promotes long-term joint health.

Conclusion: In conclusion, the science is in – slow yoga brings a myriad of health benefits. From strengthening the mind-body connection to reducing stress, improving sleep, and supporting joint health, the evidence is clear.


If you want to experience these benefits for yourself, join us at Unwind Yoga Studio, where our slow yoga classes are designed to help you find your calm amidst the chaos that is modern life.


Embrace the art of slowing down, and let the journey to a healthier, more relaxed you begin: Our slow yoga timetable.


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Schuman-Olivier Z, Trombka M, Lovas DA, Brewer JA, Vago DR, Gawande R, Dunne JP, Lazar SW, Loucks EB, Fulwiler C. Mindfulness and Behavior Change. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2020 Nov/Dec;28(6):371-394.




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