Byline: Melissa DeSantis , a yoga enthusiast and a public relations student at Humber College.
Do you want to be moved in ways that you haven’t before? Or allow your breath to take your mind beyond its own limitations? With yoga, you can unite your mind and body and feel empowered with every move. I recently tried hot yoga for the first time about 2 months ago and I haven’t stopped since. Laying in a 40 degrees Celsius dimmed room while stretching into positions, allowing your body to open and relax is very soothing but challenging. I quickly learned yoga is not just a relaxing and calm practice; I always feel sore after I attend my hot yoga class every Monday. Yoga has helped me in many ways, physically, mentally and emotionally. I am excited to share with you my personal experience with yoga and give you more detailed information on this lovely and empowering exercise.
There are many types of yoga, here is a list of the 9 most popular yoga practices. There is a yoga style for everyone.
Yoga is all about letting go, slowing down and focusing on your breathing. With these three steps, you will feel at peace and rejuvenated when the class is over. By concentrating on the movements with the calming meditation music in the background, you will begin to feel your consciousness slow down. Without pushing or straining any muscles, your body will open up and allow you to stretch out all your muscles. I was pleasantly surprised to know that I could stretch in places I didn’t know could be stretched. Coming from an inflexible person, I find with hot yoga, it is much easier to stretch in the hot temperature because your body warms up with the steamy air.
If you want to get in touch with your body while achieving an intense workout, then give yoga a try. Yoga is not limited to people of age, size or gender; everyone is welcome. Here are 7 reasons why you should start yoga today.
Do not be intimidated by the head stands and other crazy poses. Yoga
is all about developing a strong sense of self, body and mind. (JoinWellness,2014) Many people have are skeptical of yoga, just like myself when I began this practice. It is easy to be intimidated by the intense positions and movements. With the comfort of each yoga instructor, I quickly learned that in yoga, there is no judgment. If you simply do not feel comfortable reaching a certain position, you can just sit back and join again when you wish. The comfort of everyone in the room also complements the soothing aspect of yoga; you are all in it together, to learn and better yourselves as individuals.
Yoga is truly about self-realization, freedom and balance. While bringing awareness to each movement, it allows us to achieve a greater state of consciousness while growing strength that ultimately builds a feeling of empowerment. Yoga has taught me many lessons and is now my new passion that I cannot live without. I hope to have inspired you to try yoga some day. After all, there are no limits when it comes to improving the mind, body and soul. How do you wish to improve your consciousness?
Check out my previous post on how to create more “you” time to improve your overall character. www.MelissaDeSantis/MoreYouTime.com