Why yoga as self-care?

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga has been around for a LONG time. But, it was never studied as much for medical benefits until more recently.

According to an article on Psychology Today, yoga helps to improve body awareness, relieve stress, reduce muscle tension and strain, and it sharpens your attention while calming and centring your nervous system.

It also enhances social well-being and can improve symptoms of depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, and sleep disorders.

Yoga has also been shown to improve well-being and resilience for people in the workplace.

This article says that practicing yoga can change the patterns and chemical makeup of the body’s fluids, nerves and blood which causes a relaxation response.

Why do yoga as a form of self-care?

So, practicing yoga can improve your quality of life and well-being and help you feel more relaxed and ready to handle every day.

Practicing yoga can be a good form of self-love that helps you become more comfortable with your body’s abilities.

Practicing yoga often can mean spending more time with yourself and this can help you build a more positive loving relationship with yourself both physically and mentally.

Which form of yoga should I practice?

There is a guide on the Gaiam website that outlines the different forms of yoga. But here is a quick overview of the different types of yoga that you can try:
1. Anusara
2. Ashtanga
3. Bikram
5. Hot yoga
6. Iyengar
7. Restorative
8. Vinyasa

You may not even know what any of these are - but you can try them out and see what feels good for you.

How can you practice yoga?

Check out if there are any yoga studios or instructors near you. You could try to attend weekly classes or just go whenever one comes up. There are so many different levels and styles of yoga to try out. It’s usually best to start with a class that’s open to everyone so you can get a sense of what it’s like. Those classes also usually have adaptable positions so if there is something that you can’t do, there will be a variation that you can try for now instead.

There are many instructors out there that also create their own style of yoga based on their own personal experiences.

We’re also holding our own yoga class as a fundraiser on March 6 at the Rising Star Academy of Arts here in Winnipeg. We are super excited to have Ash Bourgeois come and teach the class. So come and see us there! You can get your ticket on our fundraiser page.

You can also just do yoga on your own. I like to do yoga in my bedroom before bed or to help me wake up. But you can do yoga whenever you feel like it and in whatever form feels good for you.

Resource: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/get-hardy/201305/take-stand-yoga-today

Jennifer P