Yoga, the ancient regimen of physical, spiritual and mental exercises, expressed in controlled breathing, elegant movements, and those impressive postures that look so good on Instagram.
Of course, there's no denying the physical perks of yoga, they are well documented in research and reality: your body tones up, your immune system shores up, you enhance your cardio-vascular system (heart and lungs), and improve your flexibility.
But, lovely Unwind friends, that's really just skimming the surface.
Yoga Is Much More Than A Series Of Stretches
It's a holistic approach to life, encouraging us to truly be in the moment – a priceless skill in our frenetic world.
If you find yourself constantly running on high gear, with stress and anxiety as frequent companions, yoga is the antidote you need. It teaches you the art of inner stillness, an essential tool for navigating the choppy waters of modern life.
Athletes often talk about being 'in the zone', a state of poised focus that yoga helps to cultivate. It’s about remaining serene in the eye of the storm, being able to keep a cool head and make decisions with clarity. Whilst athletes use this effect of yoga, it helps each one of us: as colleagues, as parents, as partners.
But yoga isn't merely a workout for the body, it's nourishment for the soul. It's about caring for your inner energy or 'chi', which can get depleted with our day-to-day grind, health hiccups, or overworking yourself.
Even if you're not one to buy into the mystical side of things, yoga offers a pathway to a more mindful, patient, and aware state of being.
High Pressure Job? Yoga Helps To Feel Good & Stay Calm
I came across a story in Carl Honoré's book, 'In Praise of Slow', about a Wall Street trader who once viewed yoga as, frankly, a bit soft. However, after giving it a go, he was amazed by the transformation he noticed in himself: Not only did his physical health take a turn for the better – think improved posture, less back pain, greater strength, and increased flexibility – but he also experienced a profound mental shift. Each yoga session left him feeling calm, composed, and brimming with clarity, even helping him untangle thorny problems at work.
And it's not just an isolated case. Many folks who were gym devotees are now advocates for yoga, praising its energising effects. As they got older, the gym left them exhausted, when a yoga session leaves them energised and rejuvenated in body, mind and spirit.
Adding yoga to a routine of cardiovascular exercises, such as walking, swimming, cycling, rowing etc. helps you lose weight, feel fitter, more energetic and happier.
So, whether you're seeking inner serenity, a healthier body, or just a new adventure, yoga might just be the perfect fit for you in 2024.
And who knows? Maybe I'll see some of you on the mat at the studio :)
Stay well and stay curious,
Sandra, Unwind Yoga Studio
TL;DR / Summary:
Yoga goes beyond physical fitness, offering mental calmness, focus, and an overall increase in life satisfaction. It's transformative for both the body and mind, making it a holistic practice for complete wellbeing.