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It is well known that yoga is a great way to improve our bodies strength, balance, and flexibility but the benefits go beyond physical. They can range from reducing stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation and increase mindfulness.
Calming the Mind
When we are stressed or anxious our minds can become frantic. Breathing and flowing though poses draws your attention and focus to the present which pushes you to a relaxed state of mind.
When we are stressed, we often hold our breath or breathe in short quick breaths which can lead to more anxiety. Yoga teaches breathing exercises and techniques that promotes movement, reduces strain, and encourages the body to relax. An example of this is the three-part breathing technique.
Three Part Breathing Technique
Yoga can be a restorative way to wind down after your day. During your practice you reduce levels or cortisol which is a primary stress hormone Some yogi’s also believe the mindful breathing and mediation sends you to a state of relaxation preparing you for rest.
>> Below are three poses to promote sleep <<
Legs up the Wall
Rachel has been with MVP since 2012 and is currently Co-Director at MVP Metro Club in Downtown Grand Rapids. As a certified MOSSA Instructor and NASM Fitness Trainer, Rachel trains a number of clients and teaches a variety of group fitness classes including Group Ride, Group Power, Zone Training, Group Core, Group Blast, TFW and others. Rachel finds her motivation by setting and achieving goals for herself and others.
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