Yoga & Ayurveda
"Yoga is a practice that teaches awareness"
Why I Love Yoga
There are so many benefits of yoga, including stress relief, pain relief, increased flexibility and strength, improved circulation, better breathing, and calming of the parasympathetic nervous system. The practice of yoga is well demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating and releasing cortisol, the stress hormone from the adrenal glands.
Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Committing to a regular yoga practice can help reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
Yoga can ease pain especially in the lower back area, which is where most people tend to feel pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, arthritis, and back and neck pain. Yoga can also improve flexibility, mobility, and can significantly increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons, fascia, and muscles lengthen and increases elasticity.