With so many people having a busy
schedule, there appears to be little time for a personal luxury like yoga. But
is it a luxury? Maybe if people understood the importance of yoga they would prioritise
it more. Let’s look at the benefits of regular yoga.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a technique that seeks to
strengthen the body and the mind.
It involves meditation, breathing
exercises and assumes various postures that seek to engage certain muscles. Yoga
requires discipline and is highly effective in boosting your mental and
Yoga as a technique dates back to
thousands of years in the Hindu culture. However, the practice has been adopted
in various countries and is presently being provided in schools, hospitals and
Personal Benefits of Yoga
There are numerous personal benefits of
regular yoga. First, rigorous scientific studies cite the technique as an
effective approach towards boosting your strength, balance and flexibility.
There is evidence citing regular yoga as a beneficial technique not only for people
with high blood pressure but also back pains, stress and depression.
Regular yoga produces physical benefits
such as improved respiration and energy, improved cardio and circulatory
health, weight reduction as well as increased physical flexibility. Yoga
improves your balance by strengthening key areas of the body such as the ankles
thereby reducing the risk of falls.
Mentally, regular yoga is beneficial as it
helps in stress management. Yoga focuses on creating calmness and inner peace.
Therefore, it is a highly effective approach for managing stress and anxiety.
Considering the high number of stress in the workplace, encouraging yoga among
your employees can be one way of helping them to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Professional Benefits of Regular Yoga
Regular yoga stimulates mental health.
Therefore, for those feeling overwhelmed in the workplace, practicing yoga will
help you overcome workplace challenges, develop a positive attitude and learn
self-discipline. Recent scientific research such as “The Science of Yoga” by
William J. Board cites that regular yoga improves both physical and emotional
wellbeing. This is because unlike most exercises, yoga helps to promote
mindfulness thereby improving your mental wellbeing. Regular yoga can help in
your career by helping you to develop your self-confidence as you strive to
master contortions that at first appeared challenging.
If you have not yet begun practicing yoga,
then you are missing out. Look for a class or go online and get some great tips
for beginners’ class. Find time in your busy schedule to practice yoga. It is
And remember – Mayfair Cares.
Board W.J. (2012) The Science of Yoga,
Woodyard C.,(2011) Exploring the
therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life.