Hi, Dr. Connie here.
I’ve loved exercise ever since I was a teenager. My first exercise guru was Jane Fonda.
When I was old enough, I joined the gym and enjoyed a plethora of aerobic and strength training exercises. I used to also love early morning runs.
My exercise routine varied as the fitness industry evolved.
However, the endorphin rush and the energy surge after exercise was rare for me. I became fatigued and tired, but because health experts insisted that exercise helps with energy boost, I ignored my fatigue and kept doing more.
My understanding was challenged when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. I could not keep up with all the high impact, strength training exercises I used to do.
I was simply too tired and my muscles were so sore that I would need days to recover.
Then I learned that too much exercise can cause the muscles to degrade (catabolism) rather than build up (anabolism), especially if you have an underlying inflammatory condition like an autoimmune disease.
Because I understood that building muscle was vital to my health and longevity, I wanted to find something that I can enjoy long term.
Discovering What Was Right For My Body
I began with Pilates first and loved the toning effects it had on my body.
Then I found Yoga. I began with Vinyasa Yoga then became obsessed with Bikram Yoga. Soon after, I got certified in Ashtanga Yoga.
Yoga was instrumental in transforming my body and mind. I truly attribute my strength and flexibility to the practice of mindful Yoga, and more importantly, it’s a practice I can grow old with.
So today I wanted to share why you should begin practicing yoga.
What Does Yoga Involve?
The practice of Yoga has become mainstream in America, with over 37 million people in the U.S. (nearly 1 in 10 Americans) practicing it on a regular basis.
So what is this craze with this ancient practice?
Traditional Yoga originated in India more than 2,000 years ago. Yoga is a complex, rather esoteric system involving eight different “arms” or divisions.
These arms include disciplined practices, such as breathing, postures, concentration, meditation, and withdrawal of the senses, first focusing on the outer world, then turning the focus inward until liberation or enlightenment, known as Samadhi, is achieved.
Modern Yoga, however, tends to be focused on the physical postures known as asanas, as well as breathing and concentration.
But even physical focused Yoga is powerful and differs drastically from simple stretching or other fitness routines.
Yoga is a complete practice that connects the mind to the body. It allows for connection of your oscillating thoughts with the movements of your body and the cycles of your breath in the most profound, healing way.
This powerful connection directs your attention inward. It is this inward insight that helps you to cultivate an awareness of your thought patterns.
And rather than trying to suppress, control, or judge those thoughts, it allows us to observe our tendencies.
Over time, this practice of awareness allows your mind and body to be more flexible.
If you ask anyone who practices Yoga regularly why they practice it, they’ll tell you that “yoga makes them feel better”.
Seven Reasons to Begin Practicing Yoga Today
I regularly prescribe Yoga to our patients because of this powerful healing potential.
This healing is backed up by numerous scientific studies that prove yoga’s impressive effects on physical and mental health.
1. Yoga relieves stress.
2. Yoga decreases anxiety
3. Yoga can help decrease inflammation.
4. Yoga lowers risk of heart disease.
5. Yoga helps in getting quality sleep.
6. Yoga improves flexibility, balance, and strength.
7. Yoga decreases pain.
Where To Start
So now that you have these seven powerful, research-backed reasons to begin your yoga practice, why wouldn’t you begin today?
What’s your next step? I recommend looking for a qualified, integrative yoga practitioner to guide you in practicing safe and effective yoga.
You should look for a teacher who is patient, understands anatomy, understands your needs, and is passionate about what they do.
Of course, we’ve got just what you need at Alkaline Wellness Center. We want to be a part of your healing journey, please join us either on our Youtube channel or visit our new Suwanee, GA location!
See you soon!
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