We believe yoga is for everyone
So much good can come from consistent practice of yoga in addition to increased flexibility, muscle strength, and muscle tone. The word yoga literally means to yoke or to harmonize the mind, body and breath, and this mind-body connection has been proven to improve health in several ways. Lets take a closer look at the many benefits of yoga:
Increases blood flow and improves circulation
Certain yoga postures such as inversions allow gravity to stimulate the circulatory system, increasing blood flow to the heart. Other twisting postures are thought to cleanse and replenish tissues. When muscles contract, the vital organs become compressed and “wrings out” toxins, once the contraction is released, richly oxygenated blood returns to nourish the tissue.
Combats depression and induces relaxation
Studies have shown that consistent yoga practice can result in a noticeable increase of the feel good hormone, serotonin. This hormone also plays an important role in facilitating the onset of sleep. A pre-bed time gentle flow is a great remedy for insomnia.
Boosts your immune function supports the lymphatic system
While holding different postures and twists, the contraction of muscles stimulates lymph drainage, which helps the body to combat infection, toxins and disease.
While most believe that a good sweat is the way to rid of toxins, research has shown that deep breathing has the potential to eliminate up to 70% of the body’s toxins. This reason alone is great motivation to practice 10 rounds of deep breathing every day.
The practice of yoga and meditation has been proven to lower cortisol levels. Cortisol helps the body activate the fight or flight response, preparing the body to endure acute stress. However, when posed with consistent stressors, our bodies do not know how to turn off the release of cortisol. This long-term release of cortisol can wreak havoc on our bodies leading to a multitude of issues including:
- Decreased immune function
- Weight gain
- Sleep issues
- Impaired mental clarity