Sherry A. Phillips

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Top 10 Benefits of Yoga

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Have you ever tried yoga?

I’m not talking about the mystical, chanting type of yoga. I’m talking the stretch your body, build your muscle and get your body into great shape yoga.

BTW – I know many Christians will not do yoga because they fear the mystical aspects of what they perceive to be a religion. During the meditation parts of any yoga program I have done, I simply meditate and pray about all of the blessings God has poured out to me.

Sometimes, during this meditation, I will say the “Jesus prayer” which has a very calming and restorative effect on me. I used it when I was in the last half hour of labor with my children. It is this:

“Oh Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

If you ever find yourself in a stressful or difficult situation, try repeating this prayer several times. I found miraculous things happen when I do.

I have done several types of yoga over the years. One of my personal favorites is Bikram Yoga. It’s hot. Very hot. But I came to enjoy the heat. If it did not take up so much of my day, I would still be doing it.

Now I still do the poses, I just do them at home. And there’s no heat.

If you’ve ever wanted to try yoga, but were unsure of what it was about or if you could benefit from it, here are the top 10 reasons you should give it a go:

1. Fitness – Yoga is one of the best all-around fitness activities you can do. Because it helps calm the mind as it physically shapes the body, it helps you in several ways. The postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation are an all-inclusive holistic fitness package.

2. Weight Loss – The more you are aware of your body and how it moves, the more you become aware of how you are eating and what you are fueling your body with every day. Awareness leads to better choices and better choices leads to weight loss.

3. Stress Relief – While almost any physical activity helps relieve stress, yoga is particularly beneficial due to its meditative aspects. As stated before, I use the meditation parts of yoga to pray and thank God for all of his blessings.

4. Inner Peace – Again, yoga is a gentle form of exercise. That, combined with the meditation and prayer makes you more aware of your feelings, your body and those around you. When you realize that you don’t have to be perfect in your postures and you are able to forgive yourself for your imperfections and love yourself, you will find you are more easily able to forgive yourself in other circumstances. And being able to forgive yourself, enables you to forgive others. This will give you inner peace which is priceless.

5. Improved immunity – Anyone who reads my blog, knows I look for holistic ways to take care of my family’s health needs. I like us to eat right, live right and I use essential oils when I can instead of reaching for medication from the pharmacy (I refer to using essential oils as using “God’s Pharmacy”). Because the mind and body are so interconnected, how we feel emotionally, has a huge impact on our physical health. Yoga blends the two perfectly.

6. Living with greater awareness – Because of the fast-paced life we all have, our mind is constantly racing. Yoga centers us and calms our thoughts so that we are living in a calmer state. This calmer state of being, can help lower blood pressure and keep us healthier.

7. Better relationships – When you are relaxed, at peace and healthy, you are in a much better position to be a good spouse, parent, friend and caregiver. You will find you have more patience and a better outlook.

8. Increased energy – As they say, “move it or lose it.” The more you move, the more you want to move. The more you sit, the more you want to sit. Yoga gets you moving. It gets your blood flowing. Yoga can keep you energized well into old age.

9. Better flexibility and posture – I was talking with someone the other day about this. Do you know why so many older people suffer from falls and breaks later in life? It is because of a lack of balance and flexibility. Think about it like a hard, brittle stick versus a flexible, vibrant branch. The green, flexible branch will bend and twist and not break. The hard, brittle stick, will break when you try and bend it. We want to keep our bodies as flexible as possible as we age.

10. Better intuition – This goes back to awareness. Being aware of your environment, other people, feelings and life makes you naturally more intuitive to those around you. You are able to see life from a clearer perspective.

If you’ve never practiced yoga before, I highly recommend you attend a beginning yoga class under the supervision of a trained teacher. As with any exercise, you could injure yourself if you are not doing the postures correctly. Once you are familiar with the postures, you can begin practicing on your own.

I hope this has inspired you to give yoga a try. It is just one way you can begin to live a healthier, happier and more abundant life.

Have a great day!

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