What Makes Yoga so Good for You

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Theresa Moodie

In particular, Hatha Yoga techniques have been developed to offer noticeable benefits to everyone. You need not have any spiritual aspirations to notice the overall health benefits of regular yoga.

Yoga encourages balance on both physical and mental levels by means of balancing the left and right side of the body, working on internal systems via chakra lines, creating awareness of feelings and thoughts. It is through regular Yoga practice that you are able to restore harmony in the body.

Asanas (Physical yoga poses/postures) develop mobility in the body. A simple, daily routine such as sun salutations will keep your joints supple, length in the muscles and will prevent injuries. When we move, twist or bend, this stimulates our internal organs, digestive, endocrine, nervous and cardiovascular systems. The practice of these poses becomes a way to manage our health systems.

Pranayama (breathing exercises) and Dhahra (mental focus) help to calm and quiet the mind. We live in a world with constant demands, increased expectations and distractions. Our modern day way of life is not sustainable and we all need to “log out” from time to time.For many people Pranayama and Dharana are the hardest techniques to practice in Yoga yet so rewarding once we get the hang of it.

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Theresa Moodie
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