"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without."
~ Ymber Delecto
It hit me the other day as I was talking to a friend that I've been practicing yoga for nearly a year. Where does the time go? It's been a busy summer and I haven't been able to get a whole lot of yoga in except an ARTOGA class and at home/outdoor practices. I do have a fun sunset yoga/apple picking event coming up which will be a blast!
I've been thinking a lot about my yoga journey and how much it has made me stronger physically but also mentally. When I'm going through a vinyasa, nothing else matters but breathing and connecting: What time is it? What should I tackle first on my to-do list? Did I pay that bill? I literally don't have any of those thoughts going through my head for the first time ever and it's so refreshing.
September also happens to be National Yoga Month, so in celebration I wanted to share just a few reasons why you should hit the mat! (Plus some of my favorite yoga items.)
Yoga is calming - In our chaotic world, yoga allows you to slow down.... Breathe.... forget the day's issues and just be present. It's a great way to restore balance - literally and figuratively. Silence actually helps reduce stress levels!
Yoga provides pain relief - The slow, controlled movements of yoga are proven to help relieve back pain, cramps, neck pain and migraines. The list goes on and on. Getting your om on can even help relieve arthritis since the movements provide exercise without overtaxing the joints.
Yoga boosts your memory - While all exercise helps with memory, performing yoga routines involve complex movements that require focus. Learning new moves creates new connections which results in sharper memory.
Yoga builds strength - Yoga consists of hundreds of moves (maybe even more!) so, while I'm always trying new positions to keep my body guessing, I always come back to a series of poses that I know will test my strength: plank pose, upward-facing dog and downward-facing dog are just a few of my favorite poses for building strength. I like to do these as well as practicing my headstands after getting my workout in. Even 15 minutes calms me down!
Yoga helps with weight loss - Power yoga poses such as revolved crescent lunge, dancer's pose and triangle recruit every muscle in the body which sparks your metabolism. (However, just like with any workout plan, what you eat matters just as much if not more than the workout itself!)
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Do you practice yoga? What do you love about it?
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