Many people find their way into the practice of yoga for a variety of reasons, often initially as a purely physical experience, but over time discover that other benefits begin to manifest.
On a physical level Yoga brings awareness to body alignment and control. It improves flexibility, reduces tension which can minimise muscle tears and strain. Evidence now shows that frequent Yoga practice can lower body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels while elevating mood.
With back pain being one of the largest reasons for absenteeism in Australia, many people choose Yoga to provide relief from their back pain. There is strong medical proof confirming that practicing Yoga is a great way of relieving back pain.
Yoga can be a stand alone practice or it can be a great way to cross train. Many people especially sports enthusiasts find yoga a perfect way to balance their strenuous physical exercise. For many stretching is sometimes the last component of their workout and often neglected. As a result causing tightness, stiffness, immobility and inflexibility which more often than not leads to injury.
Every person who comes to yoga has arrived by a unique path, a singular set of circumstances and choices that have inspired a desire and search for unity and something more! Many suggest that coming to class creates their own personal sanctuary – a place where they can come and leave the weight of the world behind at the front door. As the pressures of life become more and more demanding, conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression begin to affect more people. Yoga is fast becoming an escape from the “rat race” and a way for many people to cope with life’s ups and downs.
Yoga doesn’t give you anything that did not already exist inside of you. However, it provides you with a guide to unlock the boundless potential within you and allowing you to live a more fulfilling and joyous life.