Yoga is a time to stop in our busy lives and practice slow movement with a sense of meditation.
For many people, yoga provides a retreat from their chaotic and busy lives.
Mindful Yoga is a class of vinyasa yoga in which the class is formed around slow, coordinated movements of the body while incorporating the breath.
The specific techniques and style of Mindful Yoga guide your body to produce some amazing benefits.
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of Mindful Yoga. You may not be able to touch your toes in your first class. With persistence and consistency, you will see an improvement where once impossible poses become very possible! You may also notice your aches and pains start to disappear. Tightness and stiffness in the muscles and joints begin to loosen up with the induced movement. Tightness in the hamstrings and back muscles allows for an increase in movement of the spine and thus reduces stiffness.
Regulates your adrenal glands
Mindful Yoga lowers cortisol levels- your stress hormone levels. We live in an age of high stress and busy lives. This promotes an increase in cortisol in our bodies. Mindful Yoga encourages the opposite. The slow movements and the breathing dampens down your sympathetic nervous system- your fight or flight response- and allows your body to calm and ground as the balance is shifted to the parasympathetic nervous system- your calming and restorative section of the nervous system. You are encouraged to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present. You may experience lowering of your breathing and heart rate, a decrease in your blood pressure, and an increase in blood flow to the intestines and reproductive organs—This reduces the need for cortisol as the stress has decreased. Reducing cortisol also improves mental clarity and reduces stress and anxiety. It is a win win!
The flowing nature of this yoga style allows for strengthening of the muscles which in turn allows for a strong body. Muscles that will become stronger include your core muscles and your postural muscles. Improving their muscle strength improves your core stability and your postural. This relieves unnecessary pressure on the back and the body due to poor posture.
Perfects your posture
Poor posture is commonly due to a lack in postural muscle strength. Weak postural muscles causes you to sway your back, tilt your pelvis, roll your shoulders and carry your head a little forward. This unbalanced posture places strain and tension on various areas of the body, leading to aches and pains. using Mindful Yoga, you can balance your posture, making it less work for your neck and back muscles to support your body.
Betters your bone health
Weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and promotes and increase in bone strength. Many postures in yoga require you to lift your own weight. Particular postures, such as downward dog and upward-facing dog, help strengthen your arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporosis.
Gets your blood pumping
Mindful Yoga gets your blood flowing and may even make you sweat! The relaxation exercises you learn in your yoga class can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. The movements of Mindful Yoga incorporates breathing and the use of the breath. This allows more oxygen to your body and your cells, which allows them to function better as a result.
Our classes @ Total Balance are 75 minutes long with a maximum of 6 people per class. This allows for a very personal class that is not rushed leaving you feeling fully relaxed.
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This blog post is an educational tool only. It is not a replacement for medical advice from a registered and qualified doctor or health professional.
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