Yoga would have to be one of the best forms of exercise for your body inside and out. Yoga is non-competitive and suitable for anyone, regardless of their age or fitness level. Yoga is the Hindu practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India.
According to medical scientists, yoga therapy is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. When practicing yoga you attain mental peace, improved concentration, a relaxed state of living and harmony in relationships.
Regular practice of yoga may produce health benefits, including normalizing blood pressure, increased fitness and lowering stress levels and increasing flexibility.
The goal of yoga is to make it possible for you to fuse together, physical (pranamaya), mental (manomaya), intellectual (vijnanamaya) and spiritual (anandamaya) levels within your being.
The building blocks of yoga are the posture and breath. Yoga is basically a series of poses held over a period of time, synchronised with the way you breath, exercising every part of the body.
The cardiovascular system and circulation is improved by regular yoga practice. Many other body systems are improved by regular practice, including the digestive system, musculoskeletal system, and nervous system.
There are many types of yoga. Bikram yoga is a very popular form of yoga where you do yoga in a 34-40 degree Celsius heated room with about 40% humidity. The extreme heat used in Bikram yoga sessions is meant to increase yoga’s natural ability to cleanse the body of toxins. Your body will sweat large amounts of oil, salts and water during a class. As water rushes out during the course of a 90 minute class, this creates immense benefits such as super clean skin and the detoxification of pores in the skin. As the body is cleansed, the mind is sharpened. Regular Bikram practice leads to improved mental clarity, clearing out the fog caused by world’s negative stimuli traffic, stress, bad food, pollution…
If you have never done yoga before give it a try! It is something you can do with friends, your partner, at home or at a yoga studio. It gets easier the more you do it, so don’t give up after your first try.
A few Yoga studios I recommend in Melbourne are:
Ohana Yoga & Wellness in Albert Park – Gena the yoga instructor there is the best instructor I have ever had, she is truly incredible.
Hot Box Yoga in Chapel Street Winsor – Is a great place to do Bikram yoga.