You’ve no doubt heard about friends, colleagues, and celebrities who swear by yoga. What is all the fuss about? Yoga can help you look and feel great, open and strengthen your body, quiet and focus your mind, relieve tension, increase your self-knowledge and awareness, improve your quality of life, and change how you see the world. It has a profound and lasting effect on how you treat yourself and others. Time spent doing yoga is an opportunity to reconnect intimately with yourself on many levels and to give yourself your complete attention.
By practicing yoga you can rejuvenate, care for, and nurture yourself at the deepest levels, resulting in greater reservoirs of compassion and tolerance for other people and a positive impact on your relationships. Most importantly, you will develop a better relationship with yourself. You will experience longer periods of calm and clarity. All those minor daily annoyances, emotional ups and downs, and responsibilities will be brought into a broader perspective, which allows them to come and go without becoming overly attached to you. You will begin to understand what is most lifeaffirming, beneficial, lasting, and important to you.
If you’re new to the yoga practice, Yoga Girl has some extra tips for you. More of an expert? Perfect your breathing to calm your mind and reduce stress.