As a physician, yoga teacher, author, speaker and mother I am really busy! I love what I do for work. I enjoy helping people in their personal health journeys as they come closer to their own truths and unravel their own space of wellness. I would never have been able to do what I do or create my business if it wasn’t for the help of a regular yoga practice. I encourage many of my clients to start and maintain their own yoga journey.
There are so many reasons we all practice yoga, but for some of us, it seems like there are many more reasons why we find it hard to even show up on our yoga mat. Hopefully, this article will remind you of reasons to unroll your yoga mat today, tomorrow, the next day and hopefully every day of your life!
1. Yoga keeps you young. Yoga helps to stall the aging process. This has been scientifically studied and well documented. Yoga increases our parasympathetic nervous system which decreases our blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and increases our state of calm. Thereby we decrease the risks for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. It is amazing that a regular yoga practice can shift and heal these disease processes. An added bonus is with the heightened parasympathetic affect, you get less wrinkles and your skin appears younger!
2. Yoga keeps you aware. In our busy lives we can go from one interaction to the next being completely oblivious to how we feel. It has been well studied that our emotions are a key to our wellness. When we are aware of how we feel, we have an awareness of what our deep inner truth is. Many people forget who they are, what they want and even how they feel as they get older. We are taught to numb out with television, alcohol, medications and drugs. Yoga keeps us in the pulse of awareness. This awareness allows us to stay connected to our deep inner truth.
3. Yoga keeps you fit. The practice of yoga moves our body in safe and effective ways. These safe postures are well studied to increase the range of motion of our bodies and heighten our alignment. In our society we have distorted body images which play havoc with young and old, women and men. As a result, we have a whole sub-culture of people who struggle with themselves. Yoga helps to heal that. First, yoga helps us to accept our body. This has huge mental, emotional and spiritual benefits. Then, with regular practice, yoga helps to increase body alignment, keep muscles strong, elongated and healthy. This benefit is truly miraculous for everyone who maintains a regular practice. Our bodies obtain a healthier look and an inner fitness that is completely different than what you get when you pump iron!
This is just a list of three of the millions of benefits of maintaining a regular yoga practice. Whatever your reason is, I truly hope that this encourages you to roll out your mat and show up for your class today. Remember, the benefits are cumulative. See you on your mat – maybe even later today!
Dr. Divi Chandna is a practicing family physician and certified medical intuitive. She spent years teaching yoga, meditation and mind-body medicine courses. She has written books and speaks internationally about health and wellness. Dr. Divi believes that health is inside of us all and with some work and guidance we can all access that place of complete health.
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