This ancient practice has lots to offer—and takes only a little time and some deep breaths
Before you read another sentence of this article, stop to take a deep breath – in…and…out. Great! You’re already doing an important yoga practice: breathing. The media may focus on the image of a health guru, clad in designer exercise clothes, in some exotic setting. But yoga is less about getting your body into a certain condition or perfecting a pose than about increasing your sense of well-being and lessening your stress. September is National Yoga Month—the perfect time to spend a few minutes on the mat, and get a little more mindful.
The word “yoga” refers to a group of practices or disciplines that originated in India in the 5th or 6th century BC. You can tap into this ancient technology for physical health alone, but there are also options to boost your mental wellness and perhaps even a sense of peace and tranquility—something we could all use a bit more of.
The great thing about yoga is that there are so many kinds—you’re bound to find a practice that suits you. Don’t know where to start? How about checking out a class or two in celebration of National Yoga Month? Find out if your local gym or yoga studio is offering any discounts or free classes. If it’s your first time, bring a friend or family member to class with you, so you can laugh together as you try to touch your toes or keep your balance in “tree pose.”
If you want to try yoga at home, download an app to your phone or watch some videos online that will walk you through some basic poses. Doing some basic breathing and stretching is all you need to start! While you might not master a “kriya” or an “asana” by the end of National Yoga Month, you might just find that your stress is lessened, your spirit lifted, and your joints a little less stiff.
Need some more incentive? Here are some of the health benefits of yoga:
1. It relieves stress.
2. It teaches you to breathe deeply and mindfully.
3. It makes you more flexible—important especially as we age.
4. It can help alleviate pain and improve some chronic conditions.
5. It can make you stronger—it’s weight-bearing exercise that uses your own body weight.
6. It’s a gentle way to support weight management.
All of this can lead to increased resilience, better concentration, and a greater quality of life. You deserve it! So why not sit down and try a few minutes of deep breathing today. There’s no time like the present!
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