Yoga has many benefits, and can benefit anybody.
Here are some of the benefits of yoga:
Strength and Flexibility – yoga poses strengthen and stretch muscles and ligaments. They also encourage a full range of movement from our joints.
Posture and Grace – the alignment of our musculoskeletal system that occurs during accurate asana work corrects bad postural habits, helping us move more efficiently and gracefully.
Poise and Balance – balance is something that can improve through practice! The practice of certain yoga asanas improves our balance, poise and steadiness, helping us move better, and leaving us less vulnerable to injury through falling as we get older.
Calmness and mental clarity – during yoga practice a great deal of concentration is required on the alignment of the body and control of the breath. This concentration stills the fluctuations of the mind, and guides the practitioner towards a state of being in the present moment – fully focussed on the detailed work they are striving towards with their body. This ability to be ‘in the present’ develops with continued practice and can make life outside of yoga practice less distracted and more joyful.
Cleansing and regulation of bodily systems – practicing a range of yoga asanas has a profound effect on the lymphatic, immune, digestive, reproductive, respiratory and endocrine systems, ensuring that they function efficiently. Improved health and resistance to disease can be achieved by continued practice. This is a benefit of yoga that is starting to be recognised by conventional medical science.
Treatment of, or relief from, various ailments – an experienced Iyengar teacher can help people suffering from a range of ailments and illnesses with yoga poses that will be beneficial to their particular problems. Stress, depression and other psychological problems are often successfully alleviated as well. Extensive use of yoga props can help people with injuries and incapacities to do asanas that would otherwise be impossible.
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
On a Heliotrope Yoga Holiday we want you to come away feeling transformed by a rejuvenating week spent with us. Those who have done little or no yoga before will gain an insight into the benefits that yoga can bring, and those who are more experienced will have the chance to spend some quality time doing yoga in beautiful natural surroundings, away from the distractions of everyday life.
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