Why do People Come to Yoga

David Duarte - Yoga

Yoga is inviting, and people come to yoga for a variety of reasons. A lot of people come to yoga while they are moving through life challenges and difficult times in their lives. 

For many of us, yoga is a safe container. It offers a sense of community. It helps practice self-reflection, kindness, self-compassion, and continued growth and self-awareness.

Yoga is a terrific way to cultivate a healthier and happier lifestyle. Not only is it a very effective form of exercise, but it can also improve your flexibility, mobility and help to reduce stress. It improves mental clarity and balances your emotions.

My Yoga Story 

I recall deepening my practice of yoga a few years ago because I felt this ever present sense of discontent. It was vague, I felt unhappy, it was difficult to pinpoint the problem, and I knew there was something missing.

Like many people, I had no clue. My thoughts and goals were fluctuating. I was crippled by indecision and confusion. That’s when yoga came in.

Start your yoga journey today. I offer private and online classes. Read success stories here. 

What is Yoga?

In a nutshell, yoga is one of the seven schools of thought that originated in ancient India.

Yoga encompasses a system that aids in the creation of a certain level of control over your physical body: It regulates your physiological functions and assists the body in working in harmony. It relaxes the nervous system and strengthens the mind. It improves your concentration and overall well-being. 

The benefits of Yoga are real 

A recent review published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that yoga is just as effective as conventional exercise in reducing the risk of heart disease. Participants reported an average weight loss of five pounds and a 12-point reduction in low-density (“bad”) cholesterol.  Additionally, yoga has been found to be helpful in treating a variety of health issues, such as chronic pain, fatigue, obesity, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, it is clear that yoga is a beneficial exercise for overall health and well-being.

What is the best yoga for beginners? 

Beginning a yoga practice can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Start slow and build your practice over time. Hatha yoga is an excellent start for beginners. Hatha is slower paced than other forms of yoga. It helps you build a foundation.  

Make sure to focus on your breathing and listen to your body. With consistency and dedication, you can gain the immense physical and mental benefits that yoga offers. 

Why do people stay in Yoga?

Yoga focuses on conscious movement and breath exercise. And working the breath is a good way to strengthen the nervous system.

The breath regulates the nervous system, switching the body from operating on the sympathetic nervous system – which reacts quickly to dangerous situations, the fight, run, or freeze mode; to the parasympathetic nervous system – which operates quietly behind the scenes: it regulates the body’s physiological functions, saving energy, reusing nutrients, and balancing it.

As a result, people become more responsive and less reactive.They become more aware. Thus begins their journey of self-discovery.

Most people seek yoga to heal their bodies but they keep returning, week after week, year after year because yoga heals their lives.

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