Why Yoga?

Lora Vahlsing, certified Hatha Yoga instructor

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India as a practice to unite the mind and body. While there are many yoga styles, they all can help balance your body, mind and spirit. But, they achieve this in various ways. Yoga offers so many benefits that it's not a surprise it's so popular among all age groups.

What is yoga? It is a series of stretches and poses done with various breathing techniques. While it offers the powerful benefits of exercise, it is gentle and almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.

Individuals looking for ways to strengthen their bodies, mind and spirit are most apt to practice yoga on a daily basis.

Done through breathing exercises, meditation and assuming postures that stretch and flex various muscle groups, the relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping difficulties, headaches and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.

Yoga as a regular practice helps in daily life as it brings balance, relaxation, discipline, health, happiness and a sense of peace to everything in our lives.

For information on yoga classes through the Health Resource Center, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/yoga-classes-6765353275?s=31770003. 

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