The Benefits of Yoga

Everyone knows about Yoga. You’ve heard about it from a friend, read about it in a magazine, watched funny videos on YouTube (come on, you know you’ve seen the owners with their pets and yoga! If not, here’s the link and your definite laugh for the day! HERE – or, maybe you actually practice it!

If you’ve NEVER heard of Yoga, and all the absolutely amazing benefits that come with, then now is your chance! First, let’s start with something simple – what does “Yoga” mean??

Webster’s dictionary defines Yoga as: A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple mediation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

If you’ve been to yoga, then you would perhaps agree that after completing a session, there’s no feeling quite like it!

Your body is primed for detoxification after yoga – that’s because yoga engages both the mind and body together, bringing about the optimal chance for toxic release.

Here is one website that we suggest taking a look that called “Mind, Muscle Yoga” – they explain all about how to reach your physical, energetic, psychological and emotional potential through Yoga, and the absolute easiest ways to overcome any “obstacles” (whether physical or mental) possible!

Here are 10 different benefits to practicing Yoga (keep in mind, these are JUST a few – there are numerous benefits, and all worthwhile!):
Stress Relief

Improving your Fitness Strength
Possible Weight Loss
Inner Peace
Improved Immunity
Better Relationships
Living with Greater Awareness
Increased Flexibility and Posture
Better Intuition
Increased Energy

If you’re involved heavily with Yoga in any way, or if you’re pregnant, you may have heard of Kristen Eykel – if you haven’t, here’s a bit about her according to the website “Yoga Download”:

“Kristen Eykel- Certified Hypnotherapist, Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga & Kundalini Yoga teacher, believes in empowering her students wherever they may be on the yogic path.

Kristen teaches in a personal way, working with the individuals who come to her class & offering them powerful tools to assist with the aches and pains of pregnancy and daily life. As well, she teaches yoga postures & techniques designed to give women the training they need in order to have the most powerful, connected labor and birth possible. She has been interviewed by Fit Pregnancy, Health Magazine and Yoga Journal for this expertise, and has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal as a highlighted teacher. A contributing writer to iVillage’s Fit and Fabulous 40 Weeks calendar as a Stress Relief/ Pregnancy Yoga expert, she also has a multi-part downloadable series on for pregnancy yoga and wellbeing. Kristen is the creator of the newly released 5 -part yoga series, “Yoga Emergency- The 12 Minute Workout” and is the author of the best-selling DVD “Yoga for your Pregnancy” made with Yoga Journal & iVillage. Mother to two home- birthed children, Kristen discovered Transformational Birth as a direct result of her experience in labor. Combining yoga, breath and intention into a remarkable journey of personal discovery, she seeks to inspire this journey inside each & every one of her students.”This is the link to her website below – we highly recommend taking one of her courses or watching one of her unbelievably informative videos!

The links below offer more information about detoxifying with yoga, proper breathing techniques, and so much more about Kristen Eykel –  be sure to check them out!!

Gentle Wellness Center