Yoga is a powerful fitness tool comprised of meditation and exercise. So it's no surprise there are so many health and physical benefits that come with regular yoga practice like more flexibility, increased strength, better posture, and lower blood pressure. Since we'll enjoy some Sunrise Beach Yoga with Dr. Romila "Dr. Romie" Fushtaq tomorrow, today we want to spotlight some surprising yoga benefits that can have a huge impact on your day-to-day behaviors.
Yoga can even help you move towards the healthy lifestyle you always wanted to achieve:
- More Mental Clarity: When we focus completely on holding our balance in a yoga pose or the movements in a yoga sequence, like sun salutation, for example, our minds are sharpened. All other thoughts are cleared and we can be totally present in that moment. Even better news, this trait can slowly trickle into other facets of your life with continued yoga practice.
- You Sleep like a Baby: No need for warm milk. Meditation, or shavasana as they say in the yoga world, increases Alpha wave production in the brain. These neural impulses help the brain and the body relax which helps you sleep better.
- Improve your Golf Game: Okay. We know this might sound like a stretch but we're serious. With increased core strength, better balance, more mental clarity and focus from taking regular yoga classes, you'll be improving your golf swing in no time!
- Stress Relief: The seemingly endless breathing exercises in yoga actually reduces stress. It's not just hot air, the deep, rhythmic breathing in yoga promotes relaxation by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to each part of the body. With continued practice, this sense of relaxation can appear throughout your life; not just in your yoga class.
If you practice yoga, what is the biggest benefit you've seen since you started? If you don't practice yoga, what benefit would you like to see from it?