Your health and well-being are important to maintain as you make the transition back to the normalcy of your day-to-day life. Lockdowns, quarantines, and business closures have probably kept you isolated at home during this past year. The extended time away from your regular source of exercise, like gyms and spas, may have tampered with your ability to maintain a healthy body and mind. There is a remedy for that: beginning a yoga practice. It is a very good way to maintain and even enhance your health and well-being during these trying times.
The Benefits of Yoga
There are many benefits to practicing yoga:
- it improves your health,
- enhances your overall fitness,
- and reinforces a state of mindfulness.
On a physical level, yoga helps to improve your flexibility, strength, and balance. By moving through various yoga postures, your muscles become more flexible and mobile. Further, by holding certain positions, the muscle engagement helps build strength and endurance.
Yoga not only helps with common conditions like inflexible hamstrings, lower back pain, and a weak upper body. Research has also shown that yoga is related to heart and respiratory health. A regular yoga practice can assist with targeting the factors related to heart disease. Breathing is a key component in a yoga practice. Slow, deep breathing during a moving yoga practice or in Mindfulness Meditation helps reduce your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels.
Stress is a common experience that many want to manage. By adding a consistent yoga practice, including meditation to your daily routine, will help you sleep better, improve your concentration, think more positively, and generally feel more relaxed. Yoga adds a mindful approach to your self-care that leads to greater awareness, connection, and overall well-being.