According to the Chinese Horoscope, 2018 is the year of the dog. We, however, think of 2018 as the year of the downward dog. Workout fads come and go, but no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. In fact, yoga has been around for over 5,000 years!
Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing, meditation and relaxation. Yoga has many benefits that will help your 2018, ranging from being a great workout to a new healthy lifestyle. Come explore this long-lasting craze with us in the New Year.
But what exactly can yoga do to improve your health? Here’s five benefits of yoga.
#1 – It Improves Your Flexibility
This benefit of yoga is widely known around the world. During your first time trying yoga, you may not be able to touch your toes or do a backbend. That’s no problem. If you stick with yoga, you’ll notice a gradual improvement and those seemingly impossible poses will become possible! As we mentioned back in October, everybody wants good posture. As you improve your flexibility, you will also be improving your posture.
#2 – It Helps You Sleep Deeper
Stress is a kryptonite for everybody – whether it be work, school, or anything in between. A little bit of stress is manageable, but too much of it taxes the nervous system. Yoga can provide the relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Yoga encourages a deep meditation, which provides downtime for the nervous system. An added by-product of the meditation? It lets you have better sleep, making you less tired, stressed, and less likely to have any accidents.
#3 – It Protects Your Spine
Spinal discs – the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves – crave movement. Movement is the only way they get their vital nutrients. If you’ve got a well-balanced yoga practice full of backbends, forward bends, and twists, you will help the longevity of your discs.
#4 – It Builds Muscle Strength
Strong muscles do more than look good. They protect our bodies from conditions like arthritis and back pain. When you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. Strength and flexibility are the greatest power duo in the world, be it for sports, aesthetics, or just everyday life.
#5 – It Gives You Inner Strength
Yoga can help you make changes in your life. In fact, that might be its greatest strength. Tapas is the discipline that fuels yoga practice. It is built through regular practice. The tapas you develop can be extended to the rest of your life to overcome any stress you may face or it can be used to change bad habits. With yoga, you may find it easier to change things in your life. You may start to eat better, exercise more, or finally quit smoking after years of failed attempts.
Come join us and find your Zen. This is your year to finally make that change you have been waiting to do your entire life. Register now for the next set of yoga classes or stay posted with @GeeGeesRec and @uOCampus for information on the next yoga session around campus.