One of my dearest friends recently set out on a lifelong goal of becoming a certified yoga instructor. She travelled to Costa Rica to do so and completed an intensive and thorough course to earn her yoga teaching credentials, and in chatting with her about it and everything the course entailed, I’ve come to not only learn a little bit about yoga, but further, appreciate what it can do for those who practice it.
I’ve done yoga once, and it was hot yoga, which is when you complete a yoga class in a room hotter than hell and sweat like an absolute maniac. This was years ago, and while I haven’t done it since, that isn’t to say I wouldn’t again. It was an interesting experience, and I remember feeling rather good afterwards, both mentally and physically.
I thought I would do a bit of research and determine some of the many benefits that present themselves to those who practice yoga regularly. This information comes from osteopathic.org.
Some of the physical benefits of yoga include:
- “increased flexibility
- increased muscle strength and tone
- improved respiration, energy and vitality
- maintaining a balanced metabolism
- weight reduction
- cardio and circulatory health
- improved athletic performance
- protection from injury
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,” the web page explains.
I can’t say I’m surprised to read about the many advantages of yoga, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, because yoga itself is deeply rooted in mindfulness and wellness. It’s a very spiritual and moving experience, and I imagine it’s one many of us would benefit from if practiced regularly, myself included.
Perhaps I’ll ask my friend to host a one-on-one class with me. I’m about as graceful as a bull in a china shop, so starting with her might be my best bet.