September is National yoga month, which means that now is the best time to roll out your mat and transform your life by getting your yoga on. Whether you are a yoga newbie or dedicated yogi, this is the month to hit the studio and get into flow.
National yoga month is designed to educate people about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Over 1,600 yoga studios around the nation are giving one week of free yoga to new students.
Many people come to yoga from all walks of life. The Yoga Health Foundation explains that it is more than just a physical exercise program, it is a scientific system designed to generate greater clarity and harmony in life. With a regular practice, individuals often notice a stronger, slimmer and more flexible body, in addition to a mentally sharper, more patient and relaxed sense of self.
Why Yoga is Different Than Other Exercises
As the Yoga Health Foundation describes, many health and fitness programs are difficult to maintain because they are rooted in an overall negative attitude – that you are inadequate and need to “fix” yourself. Negativity is a lousy motivator. Yoga, on the other hand, meets you exactly where you are and does not judge. By practicing yoga you have the opportunity to improve your health with a positive, non-forceful approach.”
Each day when we come to the mat we can choose to resist or dive into the flow, the gentle rhyme is part of the practice. Yoga has inspired me, personally, to be a better person, a stronger woman and a more present and grounded human. Each day that I return to the mat, I am reminded of the life lessons that are available to us through yoga.
Here are 3 ways how yoga can transform your life
1. Appreciate the Moment
In life’s shuffle to push ahead, we often forget to breathe. The essence of yoga is about flowing air into the lungs and exhaling it out. This process helps the body function better and increases circulation and mental clarity. When we are more present in the moment we can feel more balanced.
2. Love Yourself
Yoga can teach us to be ourselves and accept who we are. It reminds us to never compare ourselves to anyone else. When we look outside of ourselves to feel better or validate our own self, we limit our own capabilities. Learning to love yourself fully is part of the yoga journey. Changing the way you look at the world starts with the conversations you have with yourself. Be kind to yourself, and love yourself for being uniquely you. Read HERE on how to not take your yoga practice so personally.
3. Listen to The Body
Yoga can teach us to listen to our bodies, because they are the best indicator of what is really going on with us. In yoga, the body is the tool and pathway to awareness. What I have learned through yoga is that When we deny the inner voice and resist our true self, stress can often build up. Sometimes that headache you feel is an indicator that you are dehydrated and need more water.
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