The Benefits Of Yoga

A Universal Practice Everyone Can Enjoy

Yoga is universal, and anyone can do it: no matter how young or old you feel, no matter how unfit or inflexible you consider yourself. Whether you are a couch-potato or professional athlete, yoga will help you in so many ways. Your size and fitness doesn’t matter because Yoga adapts to you.

 

The idea is to explore your personal limits, not to strive for pretzel-like perfection or drown in esoteric teachings. Zenbu Massage & Yoga offers a range of yoga classes for beginners, advanced beginners, baby yoga and armchair yoga so you will be able to start a new practise that’s easy to study, requires no equipment other than a mat, and soothes your soul.

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What Yoga Can Do For You

Physically:

  • Creates a toned, flexible, and strong body.
  • Improves respiration, energy, and vitality.
  • Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism.
  • Promotes cardio and circulatory health.
  • Helps you look and feel great.

Mentally:

  • Gives you a deep sense of calm.
  • Helps you relax and handle stressful situations.
  • Teaches you how to find quiet and control the mind.
  • Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.

Spiritually:

  • Builds awareness of your body and individual feelings.
  • Increases awareness of the world around you.
  • Promotes a union between mind, body, and spirit.
  • Helps you to find spiritual tranquillity.

Even More Benefits To Yoga

Stress Relief

Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body by encouraging relaxation and lowering the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system, as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

Pain Relief

Yoga can ease pain. Studies have determined that practicing Yoga asanas (postures), meditation, or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.

BETTER BREATHING

Yoga teaches people to take slower deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function and trigger the body’s relaxation response.

FLEXIBILITY

Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains.

INCREASED STRENGTH

Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. Yoga also helps to relieve muscular tension.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels, as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self esteem.

IMPROVED CIRCULATION

Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.

CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING

Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.

BETTER BODY ALIGNMENT

Yoga helps to improve body alignment, resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT

Yoga helps us focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved coordination, reaction time and memory.