Yoga is more than just physical exercise……it is a mind and body exercise too!
There are many benefits of regular yoga practice. A complete yoga workout can help keep your back and joints healthy, improve your overall posture, stretch and strengthen muscles and improve your balance. Yoga can also be deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.
The building blocks of a yoga class are a set of specific exercises called poses, combined with breathing techniques and meditation principles. In a yoga class, as you learn to do yoga poses, you will be instructed to notice your breath and the way your body moves during the exercises. This is the basis of a mind-body connection. Breathing techniques are an essential part of yoga. Not only do they help you to stay focused, but they can also help reduce stress and relax the nervous system and calm the mind.
There are many styles of yoga classes taught today. Some are very physically challenging and will leave you sweating but others are gentle and restorative. Some teachers play music in class and others don’t. Some classes include references to yoga philosophy and spirituality whereas others don’t.