Benefits of Yoga

Nov 10, 2022

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For thousands of years the practice of yoga has been used as a tool of health, mental wellness, and spiritual growth. With its origins in the Hindu religion of India many westerners are not familiar with the intentions and benefits of yoga outside the physical fitness world.

In the western world, the term yoga is understood as a posture-based physical fitness, stress relief, and relaxation technique. Consisting largely of the asanas (postures), it differs from traditional yoga which focuses on meditation and the release from worldly attachments.

At our retreats we hope to include all of these aspects, offering a vigorous physical practice, reflective time for meditation and thought, and the chance to create deep personal connections with others.

Our lovely yoga instructor, Kelsey Regan, has delved deeply into the philosophy of yoga and offers her insight and Knowledge during our yoga sessions.

Have you ever heard a harmonium? A beautiful stringed instrument traditionally used in India, it provides melodic accompaniment to devotional chants

Kelsey includes chanting, her harmonium, and yogic philosophy in every session.

But back to the benefits of yoga, there has been so much research done proving the deep and lasting benefits of a regular yoga practice.

1. Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.

Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength.

2. Yoga helps with back pain relief.

Yoga is as good as basic stretching for easing pain and improving mobility in people with lower back pain. The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain.

3. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms.

Gentle yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomfort of tender, swollen joints for people with arthritis, according to a Johns Hopkins review of 11 recent studies.

4. Yoga benefits heart health.

Regular yoga practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts. Several of the factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight, can also be addressed through yoga.

5. Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better.

Research shows that a consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.

6. Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.

You may feel increased mental and physical energy, a boost in alertness and enthusiasm, and fewer negative feelings after getting into a routine of practicing yoga.

7. Yoga helps you manage stress.

According to the National Institutes of Health, scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep.

8. Yoga connects you with a supportive community.

Participating in yoga classes can ease loneliness and provide an environment for group healing and support. Even during one-on-one sessions loneliness is reduced as one is acknowledged as a unique individual, being listened to and participating in the creation of a personalized yoga plan.

9. Yoga promotes better self-care.

You can read the full article here.

We can’t wait for you to join us at one of our 2023 Wellness Retreats!

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About the Author

Mani has studied various meditation techniques. She has become certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR), which is a blend of meditation, bodily awareness, and mindful movement. As she leads guests through MSBR meditation, they can gain awareness of how their bodies handle and resolve stress neurologically.

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