The original intention of yoga was to gain mastery over your mind and obtain optimal functioning of your entire psychophysiological system.
The basics of yoga allows you to achieve conscious control over your unconscious nervous system, and puts it to work for you. It helps you regulate and recover from the daily demands of life and manage daily stressors to prevent them from building up. In essence, understand what your body needs, listen to it, and apply the tools necessary to manage.
Yoga can be intimidating
When the word yoga is said, the typical image that comes to mind is one of a super bendy person in crazy poses humming or chanting.
Do not be intimidated by yoga poses or deterred by the yoga pant/yoga mat crowd appearing to be masters entering class – yoga is for everyone and an excellent complement to any fitness and mental health regimen.
For many of us, we internalize how we feel and that manifests in our bodies. This internalization affects our mind and everyday life. Yoga allows us to release mental and physical tension and is an excellent form of exercise. The practice of yoga builds strength, flexibility, balance, and stability while creating a deeper connection with ourselves.
Yoga is for everyone
Yoga is a tool for self-regulation, effective stress management, and developing resiliency.
Yoga helps you process stress in a manner that leads to growth and to build mental and physical resilience.
Gaining awareness and a sense of understanding of how our body works is critical to our physical and psychological health.
Quick Mind-Body Reset
Bring your awareness to your breathing.
Breathe in and out through your nose.
Count during each inhale and exhale and notice the duration.
Now as you inhale count to 3 slowly: one…two…three.
As you exhale, count to 5: one…two…three…four…five.
Continue breathing through your nose for 3 more breaths; in for 3 and out for 5.
On the next inhale, mentally say, “I am breathing in calm.”
As you exhale, say to yourself, “I am breathing out tension.”
Return to normal breathing and notice how you feel.
Go back to your day.
A mind-body practice that focuses on your physical, emotional and mental health. The practice uses movement, mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises to help you relax, relieve stress and manage underlying conditions or symptoms.