Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Yoga Benefits All

We've all been there... it's early in the morning & you debate whether you should crawl out of bed to go to yoga class. Marsha Doble said it best, "I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing." Many agree that the best time to exercise is in the morning. Exercise increases endorphin production, enhancing cheerfulness, energy, circulation, digestion, immunity, posture, and elimination.

Perhaps later in the day you resist... you are in the middle of a project and wonder if it is really worth interupting for some yoga time. Once you get to your mat, you find your energy has increased and afterward your creativity flows.

If you feel resistant to practice or are challenged to find time for yoga, then remind yourself of some of the benefits.
  • Enhances flexibility and range of motion
  • Increases muscular strength
  • Alleviates or reduces chronic pain
  • Aids recovery from injury or other ailment
  • Prevents injury and illness
  • Improves and balances your personal energy level
In addition to reminding myself of the personal benefits, I remember that I am my best self (more pleasant & patient) when I practice yoga regularly. Your practice benefits not only your health and well-being, but the happiness of all those you come into contact with. The healthier and more balanced we are, the more help and support we can offer to those in need.

Words fail to convey the total value of yoga. It has to be experienced.
-B.K.S. Iyengar

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I love sharing the gift of yoga with you! Meet you on the mat : )