Thursday, February 24, 2011

yoga on my mind

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps create a sense of union in body, mind, and spirit. It brings us balance. Lately I've been obsessed with the yoga classes I attend... This practice helps my mind feel at ease and find peace within my self. I feel like my body is highly benefiting from all of these exercises. I'm not trying to lose weight, but I would love it if I can tone up for the summer. I stopped doing workouts with only one thing on my mind, and that is to lose weight. I feel like I concentrate so much on one detail it only stresses me out. Yoga helps me relieve the tension which I so easily build up and also helps me tone my muscles and improve my flexibility. I honestly wish it wasn't so expensive.... I'm lucky enough that the Nike campus offers the classes at such an affordable rate. If only that wasn't so far..... Gas here is double the price as to what it is in the states. It makes me laugh to hear people complain about how expensive it is to fill up their cars, when they have no idea how good they have it compared to the rest of the world. But anyway, off topic......

Benefits of yoga practice:

^ decreases blood pressure
^ helps lower pulse rate
^ improves blood circulation
^ increases flexibility
^ speeds metabolism
^ strengthens immune system
^ detoxification process
^ improves ones posture
^ increases energy
^ keeps your weight in check! tones muscles
^ improves sexuality
^ elevates your mood and over all well being
^ reduces stress, anxiety and depression =)

.... so many more to mention! 

> helps improve person's sleep/wake cycle
> mind - body connection
> balance of hormones and nervous system, provides stability and a positive outlook on life
> lowers blood glucose levels, sodium levels
> increase red blood cells
> improves memory through increased blood flow to brain and lowering stress levels
> improves attention span as well as focus
> reduces back pain through alignment of body
> helps regulate and control hormone secretion
> bring calmness through meditaion
> controlled movements of yoga teach self-control to all aspects of life =)

To all of the aspiring yogis out there, don't let yoga practice scare you! Yoga welcomes all body types, shapes, levels of flexibility. Anyone can practice yoga and discover the power and concentration of your body. I'm glad that my best friend Kalina introduced this practice to me, and now I have made it part of my daily life. I recommend you do the same, you won't be sorry! Namaste!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Girl! I came across your blog, and i love your writing :) You are awesome and beautiful!