Yoga is an enjoyable form of exercise with so many benefits.
I teach a gentle style of yoga that is nonetheless surprisingly powerful in its effect. Pain and strain is definitely not encouraged! My motto: “more ease, less strain”. Sometimes, by doing less we even receive more.
How can simple movements be so effective?
It’s all about flow and stretch. Slow and gentle yoga stretches encourage a flow of energy and nutrients in the body via the bloodstream. Circulation improves as muscles are stretched and bones strengthened.
The strength training of yoga comes from using our own body as a resistance force, albeit in a gentle way. Yoga stretches build and define muscle, increase bone mass, develop lean tissue, speed up metabolism, help with weight loss and improve balance.
Joints benefit from careful rotation using breath and awareness, as they depend on action for their nourishment. When muscles pull gently on bones it stimulates bones to increase in density, as bones are living tissue that thrive on movement and resistance.
Posture improves from yoga instruction. Good posture gives us more energy and both reflects and creates how we feel.
The relaxation side of yoga is everyone’s favourite. Rests accompany all the yoga moves, in fact they are essential for yoga’s powerful effects.
Due to the partnership of movement/rest and use of breath, yoga brings about a profound restoration of the nervous system in each session. Which is why yoga is famous for its calming effects.