In yoga, we talk about starting with the most gross or concrete form and moving to the more subtle form.
So we will start with the benefits and impact of yoga on the body.
- Increases strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and muscle tone
- Improves blood circulation which aids in detoxing the body: lungs, lymphatic system, skin, kidneys, and the digestive system
- Gives the circulatory system a rest, when doing inversions, by reversing the blood flow and bringing it back to the heart with the use of gravity
- Supports the functioning of the endocrine system (i.e. pituitary gland, pineal gland, thyroid, adrenals) which modulate overall health: sleep, energy, metabolism, mood, sexual health, growth, fight or flight response, digestion, and water and fluid retention
- Supports bone health as a weight bearing exercise which can help stave off osteoporosis
- Increases lung capacity by combining rhythmic and full breath with movements
- Modulates stress hormones by helping the practitioner bring the body to a state of rest when they are no longer in a stressful situation and do not need to use the hormones for protection or survival • Lowers body fat by dumping stress hormones that support fat storage, particularly in the abdominal area
- Increases focus, concentration, and awareness
- Explores the delicate art of being the observer and the observed which helps us decrease identification with our thoughts, roles, and attachments
- Encourages the stance of compassion, acceptance, non-violence, and loving kindness
- Improves self-esteem and body esteem
- Focuses on the NOW, our inner world (body sensations, feelings, thoughts) and outer world (what is happening around us and with others), which aids in problem solving and minimizing stress in the mind and body
- Increases awareness to our needs and outlines steps to become better caregivers of ourselves
- Develops inner state of calm and peace