Yoga is for Everyone!
With the use of props like chairs, walls, bolsters, and blocks, yoga can be safely performed by anyone regardless of age or physical condition. Yoga can help heal and protect parts of the body, and thus can help improve overall health and wellness.
And, yes, Yoga makes you feel gooooood!
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. Across the Western world, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise. However, Yoga in Indian traditions, is more than a physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core as well. Hanover Yoga celebrates all aspects of yoga!
What can yoga do for the physical body?
Athletes Yoga is extremely beneficial for athletes. Yoga makes a perfect companion for athletes of all sports, and all levels. Yogapostures involve movements which bring stability to the body, the senses, the mind, the intellect, and finally the conscience. Yoga can help you develop breathing techniques along with your strength and endurance, while the postures improve your balance, flexibility, and core strength.
Arthritis Yoga is approved by the Arthritis Foundation to ease the aches and pains of arthritis sufferers because it encourages movement that lubricates the joints of the body. Yoga is a gentle, yet physically beneficial activity that can be safely performed by people with many different health issues, including most forms of arthritis.
Diabetes Yoga for Diabetes can effectively support diabetes management by gently massaging your internal organs, thus activating glandular systems to help normalize blood-glucose levels and lower blood-pressure.
Better Breathing Yoga includes breath exercises, which can be effective in improving lung functions, slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body's ability to relax. The most profound lesson we can learn from yoga is to change our breathing patterns to help us regulate our body's response to stress.
Flexibility You do not need to be flexible to do any yoga postures. Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
Digestion A healthy body promotes the healthy, clean flow of our digestive system. Yoga for Digestion can increase metabolic energy of digestion called "agni" that helps eliminate the body's wastes and toxins. Yoga helps us live a healthy lifestyle so that nutrients can enter the body in order to be used for energy, thus activating and enhancing our digestion and eliminating toxins through the waste.
What can yoga do for the mind?
Stress Relief It's never too late to begin Yoga for Stress Management. Yoga can help minimize the impact of stress on the individual. Yogic Science believes that the regular practice of yoga postures and breathing strengthens the nervous system and helps people face stressful situations more positively. Cortisol level is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. People who practice yoga frequently report that they sleep better and feel less stressed. A daily meditation practice can eliminate stress.
Mental Focus Yoga will help build the power to focus and direct the mind. Through focusing on dristi (focal point through visual perception) and concentration on the breath, one can learn how to strengthen one's ability to focus the mind. This is also enhanced through an experienced meditative practice.
Positive Self-Esteem Yoga promotes positive body-image and increases positive self-esteem, and is especially helpful for teens, young adults, and older adults.
What can yoga do for the spirituality?
Spirituality In order to have a spiritual connection to a higher power or faith, you must have a connection with yourself. Yoga can be a path toward finding enlightenment and surrendering oneself to a higher power. Yoga focuses on the moral guidance of learning about yourself, positive self-discipline, and discovering what spirituality means to you.
Learn more here about the benefits of yoga listed by the Yoga Alliance.