- Improves athletic performance
- Improves quality of life
- Improves short term memory
- Increases muscle strength and tone
- Helps boost immunity system
- Increases mental concentration
- Improves quality of sleep
- Gives you more energy
- Better mental clarity
- Improves skin tone
- Improves self esteem
- Improves posture (when I started yoga I was 5ft 6, now I like to think I am 5ft 6 ¼!)
- Improves balance
- Improves flexibility
- Greater physical stamina (as noticed when hiking mountains in New Hampshire)
- Helps to shred excess fat
- Increases general productivity
- Slows down the aging process
- Improves ability to deal with stress
- Reduces risk of memory loss, anxiety, obesity, cancer, stroke, heart disease, back pain, osteoporosis, drug dependency, depression, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, infections and thus excessive health care costs.
And I can say yes to all of this. I now measure my life before yoga and after yoga.
True Story: Hubby and I were in Philly and ended up in a diner for lunch. I have a severe shell fish allergy and every time I have an exposure it gets worse, believe me it’s not pretty. So, I am hyper-vigilant about asking lots of questions when we eat out. But on this occasion, I forgot and within 10 minutes of eating my lunch I knew there had been cross contamination. I immediately started feeling sick. I sent hubby off to find a drug store to get Benadryl quicker than you can say anaphylactoid shock! While I was waiting for him I started to meditate putting into practice all the meditation techniques I had learned in teacher training. My symptoms slowly started to subside until I felt relatively normal. When hubby came back I still took drugs (I like drugs!) but not sure I needed them. Really you can’t make this stuff up and yoga and meditation has given me so many tools, well just to deal with life.
Until next time,