Often in life, we carry around extra weight that isn't serving us-- mental stress that weighs our minds down, physical discomforts, or extra pounds of body weight, to name a few. In whatever form it manifests, this heaviness signals to us that there is something out of balance that is calling for our attention. Our bodies-- and minds-- want to feel good. By using the tools that the science of yoga and mindfulness provide such as physical postures, breath and meditation, we can clear the mind, move stuck energy, and shed those extra pounds. And that's just the beginning of what is possible.
Feeling scattered? These days, life for many of us moves very quickly. Emails flying back and forth, text messages and calls are just some of the ways our attention is pulled on a daily basis, multiple times a day. It's no wonder people are more stressed out than ever. The good news is that yoga offers age-old techniques that are also proven by modern-day science for calming the mind and body. When you are in a state of calm, your mind will function better. Think of it as what Bruce Lee refers to as "a mind like water"... when you are able to still the mind, it can work with the efficiency of a laser's edge for you. Book a session to experience this phenomenon for yourself.
Both the exercise and controlled breathing in yoga bring more oxygen to the brain. And increased oxygen helps our brain function so much better! Yoga must be experienced to receive the benefits. Have you given it a try recently?
Stress lowers the energy of your body. According to a study performed by Aetna, the healthcare insurance company, yoga and mindfulness have been scientifically proven to reduce the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. So not only will you feel less stressed with a regular yoga practice-- you will also have more energy! Read the full article here about the powerful approach to yoga that Aetna corporate is taking.
“Yoga can be just as effective as weights when it comes to building a stronger, more impressive physique,” says Nicholas DiNubile, M.D. in this article. The practice also tones the body and helps you function better at daily tasks, due to the various ranges of motion that yoga engages.