What Can Yoga Do For Me?
Practicing yoga on a regular basis will help you enhance your sense of well being, destress,strengthen and stretch your muscles, improve your range of motion, improve your breathing, detoxifying to your whole body, improve your circulatory system, improves your emotional and mental state.
Even after one class you’ll probably notice that you feel better. You might not understand why, but you will just feel better. You may notice a feeling of relaxation. One reason that Yoga is so relaxing is that breathing and moving together balances the brain and the nervous system so that we can release stress. Cortisol and adrenalin are released in the body when we are stressed and when the levels of these stress hormones stay elevated in the body they destroy healthy muscle and bone; slow down healing and normal cell regeneration ,stifle digestion, metabolism and mental function: interfere with healthy endocrine function and weaken the immune system. When these elevated stress hormones are sustained it can eventually lead serious metabolic disorders like heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga reduces cortisol and adrenalin levels in the body helping to keep you less prone to illness and more prone to resiliency and vitality
The breath is the most important part of yoga. Most people only breath a quarter of their lung capacity, some times only breathing shallowly in the upper chest. While doing yoga you will learn to breath deeply, and fully. When yoga postures are combined with the proper breathing it can deeply affect your body’s functioning on a cellular level. Yogic breathing increases the amount of oxygen that is delivered to your cells and the movement and holding of yoga postures improves circulation, and waste removal. While breathing and holding a yoga posture you increase the blood flow and pressure in one area of the body and you lessen it on another which massages the organs cells, and tissues and stimulates endocrine functioning.
Yoga postures stretch and strengthen our muscles at the same time. It is not just about flexibility when we do yoga, it is also for strengthening the muscles. We learn to focus on energetically engaging our muscles so that we don’t stretch too far and overstretch ligaments and tendons.
When we perform asanas (yoga postures) We move through extreme ranges of motion (compared to normal daily activities) which lubricated and eases cranky joints. Typically when people have painful joints they think they should stop moving, but just the opposite is true. The more you move your painful joints, the more you can ease the pain.
I love to teach yoga is because it is a way to teach people proven methods to heal themselves, improve their sense of well-being; their breathing, reduce stress and strengthen and stretch their bodies in correct alignment.