The Welcome Winds of Spring … And the Promise of Summer
Aaaaahhh … can you feel the change in the air? Mother Nature has a way of giving little hints of what’s to come – an unusually warm day that forces us to take off the heavy coat, to step out the door without mitts, or to wear regular shoes again! This can mean that you forgo attending your regular yoga classes and head outdoors instead.
And that is okay ~ You should be outside!
However ….. you may want to consider keeping up with your yoga practice even if it’s just 1 – 2 times per week.
Many people leave their practices completely behind, and then come back to class in the Fall with weak and weary souls. Don’t be that one.
Keeping up with a year-round practice has many benefits to your longevity, ability to stay calm and is also a great immune booster!
Here are 3 great reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga Year-Round:
1. Your Yoga Community Lifts You Up
Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. When you miss out on yoga, you’re not just missing out on a good stretch or a delicious relaxation. You are missing a community of like-minded people that boost you up with that lovely yogic energy.
If you go to the same classes each week, then it is likely that you have relationships with these people. When you don’t go to yoga, do you have the same kinds of people in your life?
Ask Yourself This: Who am I spending time with instead?
2. Yoga Improves Digestion and Immune Function and MORE!
All movement is great for your body, but yoga asanas are designed to improve all systems in the body.
Nervous System: By moving the spine in multiple ways, you free up the nerves around the spinal column, which improves your nerve function. (Including moods induced by nerves, such as anxiety).
Circulatory & Lymphatic System
: Your blood becomes more oxygenated with the breathing in yoga, which improves your lymphatic system too – because these two systems are next door neighbors. “The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body” – www.livescience.com
Digestive System: The Twisting poses in Yoga stimulate your digestive system, literally helping to “move things along”. One thing you may have overlooked is that stress can affect your digestion quite a lot! Yoga brings in a mindfulness practice that helps us to become more aware of our tendencies, which includes eating and drinking habits, as well as our emotional reactions.
3. Yoga Helps You Sleep Better
Yoga soothes the body, mind and soul. Being led through a class brings in a bit of bliss that you might not be able to find on your own. With a peaceful mind and a peaceful body, your soul can rest easy allowing you to access a deep, restorative sleep.
Yoga Teachers Lead Classes Year-Round!
As a yoga teacher, I teach classes 12 months of the year. I do this not as a way to make money, but as a way to keep my own practice active and vibrant. I want to keep doing yoga in order to help me continue doing all the things I love to do – Running, Teaching, Baking and simply living my life to the fullest!