Margaret first discovered yoga in 1999 while working as a lawyer in a large Chicago law firm. She immediately appreciated the stress relief and sense of peace it provided. During the next decade Margaret practiced yoga off and on, but always appreciated the welcome break it provided from the stress of working and raising a family. In 2014 Margaret committed to a regular yoga practice after being inspired by an amazing yoga teacher in Scotland. In 2016 Margaret earned her 200-hour certification at the CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health. She hopes she can help other busy people make time for themselves and find peace, strength, health and happiness through the practice of yoga.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular, if not the most popular, workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Once you get into Yoga though, you learn that it is so much more than just a way to workout and keep in shape. It is a philosophy, a passion and a way of life for many of those involved in Yoga. While you may be getting into Yoga for the exercise, you may soon find yourself wrapped in the philosophy and spirituality that Yoga brings a long with it.
Workout fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. It's been around for more than 5,000 years.
Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.
There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense. Others are gentle and relaxing.
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Benefits of Yoga
Although there are many more, here are some important benefits of practicing Yoga.
1. Strength, Agility and Flexibility are all Increased
Many sports will give you strength. Others will give you more agility, but few practices will increase strength, agility, and flexibility all at once. In my years of teaching I’ve seen professional athletes overcome injury by increasing their range of motion with yoga, and victims of a double masectomy regain full mobility after debilitating surgeries that left loads of scar tissue in their bodies. Nothing really compares for repairing the body and making sure that the ligaments and connective tissues are just as strong and pliable as the muscles themselves.
2. Yoga Enhances Memory & Cognitive Functioning
It may seem strange that a practice which involves breathing and stretching can enhance your cognitive functioning, but yogis could really be better at learning, have increased memory capacity, and retain high levels of concentration. Many of these benefits are attributed to meditation – arguably the goal of all yogic practice, but it can also help you at school or on the job by improving your brain functioning.
3. Body Weight Normalizes – More Health Benefits of Yoga
While doing an hour of hatha yoga, or even power yoga won’t likely burn as many calories as doing a high intensity interval workout, yoga has a way of normalizing body weight by restoring hormonal balance in the body.
By lowering levels of cortisol and our nervous system’s constant fight or flight response, not only are we less likely to overeat, or eat to suppress unpleasant emotions, we also train our brains to feel satiated more easily because we aren’t constantly in panic mode. Stress is known to cause obesity and fuel virtually all disease, and yoga is a perfect countermeasure.
4. Yoga Naturally Reduces Pain
There are countless studies proving that yoga can be very effective at relieving pain. It doesn’t matter if you suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, or migraine headaches, yoga has been proven to effectively reduce pain from all these ailments. And if you are one of the millions of people that suffer from back pain – yoga can make that pain practically disappear.
Meditation has even been shown to be better than morphine at reducing pain.
5. Respiratory Efficiency Increases
Further adding on to the health benefits of yoga, yoga is one of the few practices that utilizes pranayama – the cultivation of life force or chi through breathing. While many people practice pranayama as a means to obtain higher states of awareness, they also end up having some serious side benefits including increased lung capacity, more tidal volume (the total amount of air your lungs can hold at any one time), and an ability to reduce the pace of their breathing which has been directly linked to a longer lifespan.
6. Blood Pressure is Normalized
Yoga has specific benefits for hypo reactors in blood pressure. For those suffering from hypertension, yoga has been shown to be even more effective than dietary changes for improving blood pressure.
7. Mental Health is Greatly Enhanced
Yoga offers so many benefits in the psychological department it is difficult to name them all in a brief overview, but among them are an improved overall mood and sense of well-being, more connectedness with others, lowered depressive states, less hostility toward the self and others, less anxiety, feelings of self-actualization increase, motivation increases, and more.
8. Yoga Prevents Degenerative Diseases
The ways in which yoga prevents disease are astounding. When you really understand how, it can be more evidence than you would ever need to take to the yoga mat, stat! Here are just some of the reasons yoga helps to keep you young and healthy longer:
Total cholesterol decreases
HDL cholesterol increases
LDL cholesterol decreases
VLDL cholesterol decreases
Lymphocyte count increases
Total white blood cell count decreases
Bioavailable Vitamin C increases
Total serum protein increases