The word Yoga means union. Yoga is a form of exercise based on the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling breathing and holding the body in steady poses or asanas, yoga helps to create harmony and enhances women’s fitness. Yoga practice consists of 5 key elements; proper breathing, proper exercise, proper relaxation, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation. The exercises are designed to ease tensed muscles to tone the internal organs and to improve the flexibility of the body’s joints and ligaments. Yoga can help women deal with health issues and assist them develop an improved integration of their body and mind.
Yoga has many benefits to a woman’s body and some of these include:
One of the first things you need to decide is which style of yoga you are going to do. There are many different styles but many novices start out with either hatha or vinyasa The best way to get into yoga is to attend a few classes so you can learn the beginner poses and exercises and build on a correct start. Pick a studio that is convenient to your home or work, so getting to class will be easy. Generally most studios’ have all the equipment you will need, so just wear some loose fitting clothing. When you attend the class for the first time, mention to the teacher that this is your first time.
If you don’t have access to a yoga class but still want to practice this unique exercise, here are 2 basic positions:
Sit/Easy yoga position – Sukhasana
This yoga position helps focus awareness on breathing and the body in addition to helping strengthen your lower back and open the groin and hips.
Dog and Cat yoga position
This yoga exercise helps to increase the mobility and flexibility of your back and spine.
Yoga does not only interact with your body but also is designed to help integration between the body, mind and spirit. It relaxes the mind and may help you to become more in touch with your body and yourself, which could help support the development of your self knowledge and acceptance. Yoga could help you attain not only a fitter body, but also a positive attitude towards life.