Yoga is a practice accessible for all ages and skill levels that not only benefits the body through the asanas (or poses), but also clears the mind by deepening the breath, releasing stress and anxiety, and sharpening the ability to focus. Studies have shown that regular practice of yoga contributes to decreased blood pressure, a reduction in chronic pain, less insomnia, and improvements in circulation.
Yoga also allows you to achieve increased focus, body awareness, coordination, and self-esteem, as well as improved strength, flexibility, and balance – all which we slowly start to lose as we age, unless we combat it.
Recent studies have shown not only the benefits of yoga in adults, but also in children. As a response, many school systems are incorporating yoga into their school days for physical and mental release, resulting in decreased anxiety and stress about academic performance and peer relations. As a result, test scores for these students have actually improved.
Yoga truly helps you find harmony within your body and mind. So, as our world only becomes busier with more and more distractions, now is the best time to add yoga to your life. Yoga is a practice that you can truly begin at any age and continue with forever. Remember, yoga can be as intense as power vinyasa or as calm as breathing deeply. Why wait any longer? Start yoga today!