Is yoga for more than just flexibility? The short answer is, of course, YES. But what else can and does yoga enhance?
Yoga does numerous things for the body. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular circulation, increase muscular strength, improve balance, enhance breathing, promote weight loss, and of course, increase flexibility. Like other forms of exercise, Yoga is often used as a means for weight loss or as part of a rehabilitaiton program. Additionally, there are numerous types of yoga.
For the sake of this post, we’re going to just focus on a select few of them.
Hatha: This form of yoga is what most people think of when they hear “Yoga.” It is the classic form of yoga that focuses on yogic breathing exercises and postures. Each pose is held for a few breaths before moving on.
Restorative: This form focuses on the relaxation aspects of yoga. It is a very cleansing form that utilizes a few simple stretches over a long period of time where breathing is very important. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself drifting off to sleep when practicing this form.
Vinyassa: This is a very active and athletic form of yoga, where a series of poses are performed in sequence to create a flow. Each movement is linked with the breath, where each movement is linked through the breath cycle. (This is the form we currently offer at FITLIFE on Wednesdays at noon AND is my personal favorite.)
Although there are different form or practices of yoga, the main goal for each is still to train the body and mind to become more self aware. If practiced regularly you’ll begin to experience and see some the benefits we already highlighted. Angella Tortorici is our resident yoga instructor and she’s fantastic! For more information on yoga or if you’re interested in checking out a class let us know.