The benefits of yoga

We all know what it’s like to be and feel busy. In fact, modern life is so rushed that we rarely stop to enjoy the beauty in small things surrounding us every day. Consequently, there are ever-increasing numbers of people in society feeling anxious, overwhelmed and inadequate.

Yoga is the pause amidst this daily rush.

As well as being a physical practice, it provides an opportunity to slow down the breath and move in a meditative way. This union of breath and movement releases endorphins and stimulates ‘feel good’ hormones, detoxifying the mind and body and encouraging us to pause and enjoy life’s everyday pleasures. Practising yoga tones and strengthens the body and, as well as being a physical practice, it has been proven to increase focus, reduce stress, and improve sleep. Importantly, it is non-competitive and introspective which means that it cares for the nervous system, taking us out of the sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ mode and into the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ mode. With regular practice, this less anxious, more controlled and mindful state is extended off of the mat, as well as on it, and as a result, yoga students are able to find more happiness and joy amidst the rush of modern life.

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”