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I am a certified Yoga Instructor. I have been practicing yoga in some form or another since High School. In my young adult life I taught yoga for the city of Denver Parks and Recreation department. I have done yoga in studios and homes, under trees and in open fields. I have done downward facing dog on dirt roads, in airports and on boats. It energizes me. I love the calming and strengthening properties of yoga for my nervous system. I love the flexibility it encourages in my breath and in my muscles and joints. I love the way yoga combines the breath in overcoming pain syndromes. It truly has been a wonderful tool for me in my life. So why should you practice yoga?
- It brings Stress Relief: Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. It helps to lower the stress hormone cortisol.
- Pain Relief: Yoga can and does ease pain. Studies continue to affirm that yoga postures reduced pain for people with such conditions as cancer, auto-immune disease, arthritis, MS, hypertension, arthritis, neck and back pain and other chronic health issues.
- Breath better: Yoga teaches breathing in a wonderful relaxing and elongating breath, that takes the body out of stress mode and into a relaxation response which increases the amount of oxygen available to the body.
- Flexibility: Yoga increases range of motion as you practice. Over time the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen.
- Increases strength: Postures use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength from head to toe. It’s anti-aging benefits are well known. As we age we lose muscle and strength. Yoga keeps us active and strong if we practice.
- Weight Management: Yoga can aid in weight struggles as it reduces cortisol levels (which tends to put weight on around the middle of the body) as well as burning excess calories while reducing stress eating.
- Improved Circulation: Yoga helps improve circulation, which helps the body oxygenate the cells for efficiently.
- Cardiovascular Conditioning: Yoga can benefit the heart by lowering the heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen
- Inner peace & Calm: When we slow down and settle into our breathing, we develop an inner peace that is often lacking in our day to day lives. As we unwind the looping, racing thoughts our bodies take a collective sigh of relief which encourages hope and concentration for living in the moment.