As seen on The Luxe Life
Ever wonder why you feel so good after a yoga class? Why do you feel better after yoga than you do after a weight or cardio class?
How do we keep feeling so great even long after the class is done?
In yoga, there is a strong mind body connection that keeps us in touch with ourselves, each other and the universe. Creating this connection is a reminder that yoga is a journey and with each practice we evolve, grow and become more in tune with our inner voice.
There are so many benefits to a regular yoga practice. Here are some of favorites:
1. Yoga reduces stress
Bringing conscious awareness to our breath triggers the relaxation response in our bodies. By aligning our breathe with the physical practice, we release tension in our bodies and teach our bodies to stay when faced with discomfort and challenge.
2. Yoga makes us more focused
Often in a yoga class we are focusing on strength, balance, breath and stability. As a result, we zero in to hone our craft. This skill can be effectively applied into our everyday lives.
3. Yoga gives us a sense of community
A yoga practice is a connection to ourselves but also a connection to others around us. Our breath and physical practice are a reminder that we are all connected to a deeper, bigger universe.
4. Yoga Heals
The poses, conscious breathing and visualization reduce physical pain as well as emotional anxiety. Yoga reduces stress, improves sleep, reduces cortisol levels, lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
5. Yoga breaks our bad habits
Yoga helps us discard limiting beliefs that don’t serve us. This can surface as an attachment to an injury or a constant fail to achieve a challenging pose. Letting go of these habits allows us to see more clearly what is possible both on and of our mats. Now that you can do crow pose and your back stopped hurting, what else can you achieve in your life?!
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.