Yoga stems from a Hindu philosophy that teaches us to experience inner peace by controlling our body and mind. From this philosophy a system of exercises was developed to assist ones mental and physical health. So how is yoga different from exercise programs like aerobics and Zumba? To begin with, yoga is more than just focusing on the physical movements of your body. Yoga connects the body’s movement and fluctuations of the mind to beat in rhythm with your breathing. This helps to point your attention inward. When this happens, you learn to recognize patterns of thought without trying to label, judge or change them. This cultivation of awareness is what helps to make yoga a practice as opposed to a task or goal that you can check off your list. Not only will your body become more flexible, but your mind will as well.
How Often Should I Practice Yoga?
How much time do you have to devote to yoga? An hour a week? Twenty minutes three times a week? An hour every other day? That is what makes yoga unique! No matter how often you perform it, you will experience benefits. It is suggested to start out with 2-3 days a week for an hour or an hour and a half each time. The more you practice yoga; you will likely find that you desire to practice it more frequently!
Not only will you experience an increase in your flexibility, but you will more than likely discover that you are sleeping more deeply and able to concentrate more easily. With regular yoga practice, you should begin to notice:
· Happier and More Balanced Moods
· Decrease in Back Pain
· Increase In Athletic Ability
· More Energy
· Weight Loss