Whether you have dabbled in a few yoga classes, or you’ve built a strong and consistent practice, it’s likely you’ve seen the clear physical benefits of this ancient art. While the physical body benefits from Yoga, what is it that truly keeps us coming back to our mats? Sure, flexibility and strength are worthy additions to our overall lives, but these aren’t the only perks you’ll discover with consistent practice. Yoga offers so much more that can’t be observed with the naked eye.
Mental Clarity & Presence
While Yoga may begin for many of us as a physical practice, the true heart of Yoga lies in meditation and silencing our minds. When you begin to notice the pace at which thoughts enter and exit your mind, you’ve taken the first step. The practice of Yoga gives us the opportunity to switch off our constantly moving brains, and be fully present in each moment, both on and off our mat.
Calmness & Management of Anxiety
Simply being able to notice our thoughts allows us to observe, rather than react to what’s happening around us. How many times have you reacted rashly out of frustration, rather than observing a thought or action, and reacting appropriately? The art of meditation and Yoga allows us to embrace a sense of calm, leading to less stress, and less anxiety. With a consistent practice, we begin to become (almost subconsciously) less reactive, less mentally strained, and less anxious beings.
Yoga has the tendency to bring together like-minded people. While many of us find Yoga through different avenues, we are all here for similar reasons. Maybe you are seeking a quieter mind, a more balanced physical body, or an escape from the rapid pace of everyday life. Whatever your reason, Yoga offers the opportunity to build deep connections with others walking similar paths. Yoga brings us together.