Benefits of The Practice
5 REASONS TO START YOGA
1) Improves the quality of your breathing – Yoga is a powerful way to keep stress at bay. Studies show it can lower levels of anxiety and fatigue and improves overall mental health. A reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) can also benefit the immune system.
2) Improves flexibility – Breathing space into areas that are tight, or where energy is blocked can reduce restrictions in the body and the mind. A consistent practice can lengthen and strengthen muscles.
3) Improves posture – Poor posture can result in back, neck and shoulder muscle and joint problems. This can arise from sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, gardening and travelling. Yoga poses help you align bones and muscles, utilising muscles efficiently, and leave you standing taller.
4) Reduces stress – Yoga is a powerful way to keep stress at bay. It can lower levels of anxiety and fatigue and improves overall mental health. A reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) can also benefit the immune system.
5) Increases strength – Yoga gives you inner strength to change habits and foster discipline into your life, e.g. eating healthier, committing to a practice etc. It also builds muscle to protect conditions such as back pain and provides an overall tone for the body.
Try a session and notice the benefits!
5 REASONS TO START MEDITATION
1) Helps develop metacognitive abilities – The ability to be a neutral observer of your thoughts and emotions allows you to consciously watch them and disconnect from reacting, and instead responding in a healthier way.
2) Better decision making – Meditation opens up the part of the brain that allows you to be more rational, therefore enabling better responses and decisions, whether it is at work, relationships, or when communicating with anyone.
3) Enhances awareness – Studies show that focusing on the breath through meditation and practising self- inquiry can allow you to understand yourself better, and cultivate a sense of willpower and discipline into focusing on one thing at a time, regardless of background noise.
4) Better sleep – The quality of sleep naturally improves when you meditate. It allows you to harness some control over the monkey mind that can sometimes lead to insomnia. It soothes and relaxes you, placing you into a restful, peaceful state.
5) Break addictions, habits – Habits originate in the unconscious mind and are more prominent when in a stressed state. Meditation raises consciousness and awareness of these and helps loosen the grip of these urges.