Why and how to do Yoga - offpeaks

Why and How To Start Doing Yoga Today

Yoga has long been practiced in the East as a spiritual and physically redemptive practice. Whilst yoga comes in many forms with wonderful names, ashtanga, vinyasa, kundalini, hatha, raja, the process of discovery needn’t be daunting. Yoga is well established in Western society and celebrated as an easy way to promote health and wellbeing.

In this article, we explore the holistic benefits of yoga and show you how or where to start.

Why to practice yoga

A system of mental and physical training, yoga consists of postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditations (dhyana). Introduced into Western culture from India in the 19th century, it has been adopted by millions as a way of keeping fit, active, healthy, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

Why and how to do Yoga - benefits

As yoga is a low-impact activity, routines or ‘sequences’ can be accessible to all, which is a great way for those who might not be ready for the exertion from sports, such as cycling or running.

Yoga Benefits

Yoga helps to improve;

  • strength, balance, flexibility
  • increase mental focus
  • reduce anxiety and stress
  • boost immunity

It can also be a brilliant complementary activity to more strenuous sports because of the benefits it brings in terms of flexibility and way to condition the body for a number of pursuits, particularly in terms of core and hip strength. Yoga can also be redemptive, bringing relief by way of stretching, folding, massaging and breathing life into sore muscles and joints, again complementing the rigours of more athletic pursuits.

There are a number of positive health benefits derived from the practice of yoga and the good news is that you don’t have to be a guru to get involved.

Yoga is welcoming and inclusive; you need neither be a spiritual swami or confirmed contortionist.

Baby yoga, beginner’s yoga, restorative yoga, there is something for everyone at all levels.

How you can practice yoga

Let’s start with home practice, you can quite simply begin with basic asanas and breathing movements from the comfort of your front room. There are a number of very easy to follow sequences to be found in books or online that you can execute confidently at home and in your own time.

Have a look at these 5 easy Yoga postures you can do at home

Why and How to do yoga at home

 

What you may quickly find, is that as you improve and become increasingly absorbed by the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, you may seek further guidance to help you advance your practice. Yoga when taught in a classroom environment or one-to-one is a fully rewarding experience where you can enhance your practice and benefit from the experience of a qualifies yoga teacher. You’ll be introduced to new postures, taken through more challenging sequences and explore more meditative exercises to focus the mind, channel spiritual guidance and feel enlightened as well as physically restored.

Start today

 

We hope this article has served as a useful introduction to and endorsement of yoga. When progressing, OffPeaks highly recommends working with yoga teachers to help you fully benefit and advance in your practice. We work with a number of teachers who inspire, encourage and can help you gain more from your class.

Have look at our OffPeaks teachers and book a session near you today;

 

 

Namaste.

About the Author Julie Freeman

Marketing @ OffPeaks. A Swiss expat to London, passionate about the mountains - hiking them, running them or biking on them. Also passionate about helping sports instructors grow their business.

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