Stepping onto the mat and out of the world is a relieving feeling. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peace of body and mind.
As you take a deep breath, you feel your worries disappear for a while. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It also enhances your mood and overall sense of well-being.
Yoga aids the alleviation of chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia. Ending every day with a yoga class is relaxing and clears your mind for a while. Remember, it isn’t a crime to take some time for yourself.
As you explore poses and postures, you feel your body being stretched and strengthened. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and muscle tone. This decreases the chances of injuring yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
Maintenance of a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, and cardio and circulatory improvement leave the body healthy and happy. Sitting all day in school is not what our bodies were created to do; yoga can assist in releasing the pains building in ourselves throughout the day.
Don’t have the time to catch the 6:00 p.m. yoga class?
Yoga can be accessed from the comfort of your home, in a yoga studio, or both. For beginners, Yoga with Adriene on YouTube is a great way to start. She has one 20 minute video and one 40 minute video made specifically for beginners.
She also has videos for specific pains, poses, and times of the day. Adriene helps you make yoga your own while giving you helpful tips useful in every video and class you attend. After just a week, the results will be noticeable.
Going into a yoga class being familiar with the practice will be well worth it. Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t like it the first time, or if you haven’t gotten the hang of the poses yet.
That will come in due time. Being sore afterwards is a rewarding feeling; you are on your way to becoming a yogi!
“Yoga has helped me spiritually, mentally, and physically. It’s something I taught myself, which is pretty cool. I even wrote my college essay on it.
Yoga has helped me think positively and reflect on my day or myself, something some people don’t want to face. It has been a major source for relaxation. All of these things sound cliché, but they’re so true,” senior Michelle Mestres said.
Venturing farther into the practice, you’ll see your body change, and it’s an exhilarating experience. Mental endurance and physical stamina are tested through holding postures for extended breaths.
With all the challenges yoga bring, there comes an ultimate peace. At the end a video or class, the instructor ends with the word, “Namaste,” in which you bring your hands together over the heart and bow your head. Welcome to the world of yoga.