5 Benefits of Yoga

Previously, we’ve given some ideas on how you can prepare for your yoga classes. Here is a follow up article, which outlines 5 benefits which arise as a result of doing yoga.

1. Stress Reliever

Do you feel tense? Feeling tense in your body can be a sign of being mentally worn out. Yoga allows you to let all that stress out. You can reduce your stress levels by adopting the correct stretching and breathing techniques. In addition, it assists in reducing your heart rate,  blood pressure and helps to ease feelings of depression, fatigue and anxiety.

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Yoga relieves stress & improves concentration

2. Increased flexibility

Perhaps the most obvious benefit- yoga helps you to loosen up and stretch your muscles in order to increase your flexibility. It is normal to walk into a class feeling highly inflexible. However, given time you will find that your posture improves and the body feels a lot less restricted

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Yoga poses help make you become more flexible

3. Better concentration

Ask yourself this question, do you find it easy to concentrate on tasks? If you can’t, yoga can help with this. When you’re doing a single thing (say, a yoga pose), you do it nice and slow and acknowledge what is happening at that particular moment. In addition, when you focus on one thing at a time, it helps you to focus. Little things such as breathing and moving your body trains you to focus on the moment and fully concentrate on the required task at hand. This means that you stay more focused when you’re working or more ‘in tune’ spending time with the ones you care about

4.  Improved strength

Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Regularly practicing yoga builds strength-mentally and physically. Your muscles become stronger and longer, and you will walk a spring in your step. Mentally, you will be able to focus for a lot longer, which assists in building up stamina and endurance. You’ll be thankful for these when tough times arise!

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The US Army uses yoga to improve the strength of its soldiers

5. Better posture

When you become a lot more stronger and a little more flexible, it helps to develop your posture. Given that a lot of individuals sit in front of a computer or are constantly walking, yoga is an excellent way to develop a stronger core. A better core means that it helps you to sit and stand correctly. Besides, yoga helps you become more aware about your body, so it helps you notice if you’re slouching or slumping in your seat, so that you can correct your posture immediately

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Being mindful of your body can help you adjust your posture

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.

Wanna start Yoga? Here are 7 tips for beginners

Going somewhere new can be a pretty daunting affair. It may be as drastic as moving to a new country, going to a new school or taking a zumba class  Either way, everyone experiences these moments anxiety of exposing themselves in public. We came up with a short list of tips which we recommend you read before going for your first yoga class.

1. Prepare right and light: Wear loose, comfortable clothing which allows you to stretch. Yoga is pretty demanding exercise for those who are new, so make sure that you wear flexible clothing which you are fond so that you’re not concerned with your attire and how you look. In addition, bring a towel and a water bottle to stay well hydrated.

2. Show up early: First impressions are important here. Don’t ever show up late. You need to take control and let go of your distractions. This is the point of yoga. The other perk is that you get a chance to introduce yourself to the instructor and make friends with a few other people, which lessens the anxiety.

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Trying out Yoga? Show up early

3. Don’t eat a big meal beforehand: Eating a big meal and then going to do yoga is a very poor idea. Try not to eat for at least a few hours before class. If you do need to eat though, munch on a few nuts, yogurt, kadala or fruit.

4. Do not disturb: If you get in late for class, or need to leave early, use a little common sense and stay by the entrance/exit and make as little noise as possible when you enter/exit. Your yoga instructor and fellow participants will appreciate the effort.

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Focus on getting the most out of your yoga session

5. It’s OK to get assistance: If your teacher assists you, don’t be nervous. Sometimes you may be doing the poses incorrectly (which can cause injury and/or prevent you from getting the most of your workout). This happens especially for newbies, and sometimes even the more experienced members of the class.

6. Switch off your phone: The purpose of yoga is to avoid distractions. Keep your phone in your backpack or car, because you can afford to get off the grid for a little over an hour. Seriously, its OK to disconnect now and then.Besides, bringing a phone to class can disrupt the momentum of the class, and contribute to embarrassing moments such as having your phone ring when you’re in the middle of a quiet, deep stretch.

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The sign says it all: Keep your phone on silent, else switch it off

7: Talk to a doctor: You ought to be physically fit to practice. If you really aren’t sure if its right for you, speak to your doctor before you get involved. The last thing anyone wants to do is to look silly and/or get injured! 

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