We don’t need to tell you how popular yoga has become around town, but just in case you didn’t know – it’s really very popular! So many people in the region are picking up yoga as one of their key fitness methods and it’s still very much on the rise. Here are 5 reasons why you should pick up yoga this year.
Yoga is a practice of mind and body that uses a combination of controlled breathing, physical poses and meditation that result in lowered blood pressure and heart rate along with a reduction in stress. Yoga stops your mind from getting carried away with worrying about things and helps you focus on serenity, peace and an overall sense of mindfulness.
Many postures in yoga gently allow the muscles in your back, as well as your abdomen, to strengthen. The back and abdominal muscles are key components of your spine’s muscular network that helps to maintain a proper upright posture and through certain stretches found in Hatha Yoga (a more physical form of yoga), your back pain can greatly be reduced.
As you get older you start to realise that a flexible body is a healthy body – you need to be flexible for basic everyday tasks! Most yoga poses or asanas include spinal twists that help to loosen joints of your (stiffened) spine. Yogi Cameron Alborizan was reported saying, “Think of the body as a sponge filled with dirty sink water. Gentle twists help to wring the sponge out and purge toxins.”
It may come as a surprise but all that stretching and posing can actually lead to weight loss. In fact, it even helps to build muscles, so if you have been sleeping on the actual benefits of yoga until now, it’s time to wake up! Through multiple yoga poses, such as the Down Dog Split, Knee to Nose Repetitions, Plank with Arm Leg Lift, Dolphin Push Ups and more, your body not only improves flexibility but also sheds excess weight and tones your muscles.
All the complex and complicated yoga poses aren’t just to make you look cool, but also to massage your digestive system – helping the digestive tract to function smoothly. All the deep breathing exercises allow your arteries to open up, releasing pressure and step up the blood flow that keeps your internal organs healthy that, in-turn helping to boost your metabolism.
Yoga is more than a fitness exercise; it’s a way of life! With our collection of high quality performance and comfort enhancing yoga products, you too can join in on the yoga fun. Get your yoga inspiration today with Sun & Sand Sports.