About a month ago, I signed up for an unlimited yoga pass at my local studio and planned to go every other day. The first class back was revolutionary and calming and really felt like returning home after a long time away. After that it took more work to get my butt in there. I just asked them how many times I wound up going and the total was closer to 6 in the month.
Then I went to my PT for my chronic lower back pain and she prescribed three days of yoga a week.
So this week I signed up for a foundation series that meets twice a week and I’ve gone one extra day and am hoping to get there Saturday and Sunday.
The series is based on Hatha Flow which is the little sister of Vinyasa. It will work you out, let me tell you. I came back aching in the best way and am glad I signed up for something. It helps me get in the room more often.
Another source of inspiration is reading about the millions of health benefits yoga offers. Below are the first ten of 77 that I found on a great article by Meredith Walker. For the rest, follow the link above.
Blood pressure. A consistent yoga practice decreases blood pressure through better circulation and oxygenation of the body. These two exercises can help lower blood pressure.
Pulse rate. A slower pulse rate indicates that your heart is strong enough to pump more blood with fewer beats. Regularly practicing yoga provides a lower pulse rate.
Circulation. Yoga improves blood circulation. By transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, yoga practice provides healthier organs, skin, and brain.
Respiratory. Like the circulatory system, a lower respiratory rate indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently. Yoga decreases the respiratory rate through a combination of controlled breathing exercises and better fitness.
Cardiovascular endurance. A combination of lower heart rate and improved oxygenation to the body (both benefits of yoga) results in higher cardiovascular endurance.
Organs. Yoga practice massages internal organs, thus improving the ability of the body to prevent disease. Additionally, an experienced yoga practitioner becomes better attuned to her body to know at first sign if something isn’t functioning properly, thereby allowing for quicker response to head off disease.
Gastrointestinal. Gastrointestinal functions have been shown to improve in both men and women who practice yoga.
Immunity. Yoga practice has frequently been correlated with a stronger immune system. Read this article for more on the immune system and yoga, including some poses that specifically work on areas of immunity.
Pain. Pain tolerance is much higher among those who practice yoga regularly. In addition to pain tolerance, some instances of chronic pain, such as back pain, are lessened or eliminated through yoga (see below for more on back pain).
Metabolism. Having a balanced metabolism results in maintaining a healthy weight and controlling hunger. Consistent yoga practice helps find the balance and creates a more efficient metabolism.
Read the other 66 items by clicking the link above!