I am the least flexible person you will ever meet. I’ve never been able to touch my toes, I can barely touch my ankles without pulling something in my back. But what fascinates me about Yogi’s is their health, wisdom, patience, and dedication. It would take me years to do what master Yogi’s do. Such as do a hand stand without anything to lean on or go into a crow pose for a long period of time. If you don’t know what a crow pose is you have to go look it up and try it, because it’s not easy. I am truly amazed by all of the health benefits related to yoga.
Yoga helps to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. By incorporating yoga and deep breathing into your daily routine, you will find that the slow movements help to increase your blood flow and warm your muscles. I find yoga best suits me in the morning right before my day begins, to go into the day with mental and physical clarity and well-being. But, yoga in the evening also is beneficial for me as I look to wind down and release the days stress form my body. For me personally, yoga also helps to relieve my back pain.
At 22 years old I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease, an age-related condition that happens when one or more of the discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column deteriorates or breaks down, leading to pain. The majority of us will experience this in our lifetime, but my disc must just hate me and wanted to me to suffer early. That being said yoga is known to help relieve back pain, and I have found this to be true. Yoga is great for basic stretching and helps improve mobility for individuals experiencing lower back pain. Yoga is overall also a great way to stay active in fit as you begin to increase the intensity level to fit your needs.
Beyond physical health benefits, yoga has helped me find a sense of peace, wholeness, and well being. There’s nothing quite like listening to your own breath as you ground and center yourself within a pose. The relaxation you feel as you listen to your bodies needs and deepen into a wider stretch, this feeling is unmatched in my personal experience. It is utter bliss, being left with your thoughts while becoming one with your body. While I am practicing the art of yoga, I try to force negative energy not only out of my body, by releasing the stress of a long day, but also from my mind. Yoga uplifts my spirit and it is a valuable practice if you are willing to commit to it, and take advantage of all of its healing properties.
If you are just beginning your yoga journey I encourage you to watch this video below, as Sarah Beth takes you through a 10 minute morning yoga routine.