September is National Yoga Month. The fall is symbolic of change and what a great time to learn something new that is great for your physical and mental health! If you have not tried yoga yet, before you think the common excuse of "I'm not flexible", stop that thought. Yoga does not mean you are destined to tie yourself in a pretzel. If you have negative assumptions of yoga, it is time to eliminate them and learn what really is and can do for you.
There are unlimited benefits for you if you practice yoga on a regular basis. Notice that the word "practice" was used. First and foremost, yoga is never a competition with yourself or anyone else in the room. Instead, realize that we all start at the same place and simply practice to reach for new levels of ability. Your muscles did not get tight overnight and they will not become flexible overnight either. The practice of yoga teaches you to learn to appreciate what you can do now and be focused on the moment of NOW.
Yoga has been around for approximately 5000 years. It originated in India for the purpose of quieting the mind for meditation. If you are someone who has a busy mind that is never quiet, then yoga is a must to practice. Translated, the word yoga means "to yoke" or "to unite" mind, body and spirit. The practice of yoga begins on the outer surface, your physical self; however, the more you practice, the deeper you feel the benefits.
This month, you will be given the known benefits of practicing yoga. So, to start your journey of yoga knowledge, here are few known physical benefits:
1. A regular yoga practice (2-3 times a week) decreases your blood pressure by improving the circulation of blood and oxygenation in the body. You learn to breathe in a way to truly gives your cells the oxygen they need to function optimally.
2. The blood circulation is improved due to the conscious breathing and movements made. this results in moving nutrients and oxygen better throughout the body. As a result, you make your organs, skin, and brain healthier!
3. Yoga actually massages internal organs. Due to certain moves, the organs are "squeezed" and toxins are released out. Your kidneys, liver, and glands get the attention they need to function to their optimal ability. More to come regarding organ knowledge in future articles.
4. The practice of yoga has shown to strengthen your immune system. The interconnected influence of the glands, organs, and body work together to make you more resistant to illness. You actually feel better after doing yoga. In fact, it is not uncommon for those who start yoga to start to physically crave it because the body is telling them it needs it to function at its best.
It does not matter how old you are, how inflexible you are or how busy you are...if you want to show some kindness and love to yourself, practice yoga. You make time to take care of a lot of issues for other people and work. The least you can do is make some time to take care of yourself. Practice yoga and you will quickly learn that you really do have the time and will wonder what took you so long to start.
Namaste' (translated: The Divine Light in Me honors the Divine Light in You)
Great place to start: http://www.yogacountry.com/