It’s never too late to start and reap the benefits.
Practising yoga has heaps of benefits, it’s a well-known stress-reliever and anxiety-easer while improving your overall sense of wellbeing. Here are our top 4 benefits of yoga explained by our favourite Instagram yogis.
1. Tania Dalton – The mind benefits from stillness
Tania, a personal trainer based in Australia explains, “the body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness” a mantra we wholeheartedly agree with. A moment of calmness and tranquillity from the business of life has brilliant benefits for your mind. Studies show that meditation and yoga modulate the stress response and they help depression and anxiety.
The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness… * Do you meditate? It’s still a work in progress for me. * However, this weekend away has reminded why creating calmness in my mind is equally important for my health and well-being as exercise and good nutrition. * I read this statement yesterday and it resonated with me: ‘And then one day I decided that hurry and stress were no longer going to be part of my life. Stress is self-created; I decided to stop manufacturing it. We can choose an internal calm and joy even among the chaos.’ * Disclaimer – may not actually meditate with my arms like this 😊. But, this is my favourite meditation spot where I’m staying – isn’t it beautiful. (Will catch up on posts and comments when I’m back from my trip.) * #meditate #calm #innerpeace #wellness
2. Lucy B – Deep breathing
Lucy aka @tea.with.lucy.b is a Health & Wellness Coach and Private Yoga Teacher living in Dorset and a kick-ass advocate for positive ageing, showing the virtues that come with being older. She says, “In Yoga, you constantly breathe and move with your breath” explaining it’s what makes yoga different other exercises. This breath is what makes us relaxed and calm, and brings us to the present. This allows us to focus our attention on positive thoughts, while helping our muscles achieve the difficult positions required in yoga with better coordination.
Oh the wonders of Yoga… not only is the breath so important, but the stretching & twisting. You know we are the only animals in this kingdom that don’t habitually stretch anymore – and we need to.. we need to release the blockages and let our organs function to their max!! Back in the day the doctors in India wouldn’t prescribe medicine they would prescribe you a little yoga sequence to do…. get into the habit guys, it’s never too late 💟☮️🕉 🕉 🕉 🕉 🕉 🕉 #courageovercomfort #eatarainbow #nevertoolate #startfromscratch #yogaeverywhere #unlockyourgreatness #growth #potential #lovethelife #nevertooold #todaystory #empoweringwomen #yogaover50 #yogachat #movingwithyourbreath #slowflowyoga #yogachallenge #yogainspiration #fabover50 #starttoday #twistout #healthyhabits #healthychoices #accountabilty #yogaforhealth #thursdaymotivation #thursdayvibes
3. Becca Looney – Prevent injury and improve circulation
Becca Looney or known as @theyogadarling on Instagram from Phoenix, Arizona is a baby boomer with a passion for yoga. She explains “‘prevent injury and improve circulation in just four weeks.’ Those are reasons I practice yoga, so that statement jives with me for sure. I know as we age it’s so important for our hips and legs to be strong, as the number one cause of injury for the elderly are falls. I never thought of the circulation part of staying limber, but of course our blood, oxygen and everything else that flows through our bodies would work better if we weren’t stiff. Think of trying to drink out of a pinched straw!”.
Curiously baby booming 🤔 . A friend of mine told me about a book he bought called, “Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits.” Being a curious baby boomer who would love to be able to do them again like I did in high school, I bought the book! It’s a four week guide to splits. This wide leg squat and the leg stretch from my previous post, are two things to do everyday for four weeks. The author of the book adds an additional stretch each week, claiming four weeks of this we should be well on our way! Yesssss But what really intrigued me about this book was in the small print at the bottom of the cover. It says “prevent injury and improve circulation in just four weeks.” Those are reasons I practice yoga, so that statement jives with me for sure. I know as we age it’s so important for our hips and legs to be strong, as the number one cause of injury for the elderly are falls. I never thought of the circulation part of staying limber, but of course our blood, oxygen and everything else that flows through our bodies would work better if we weren’t stiff. Think of trying to drink out of a pinched straw! Beginning Monday I’m going to be intentional by adding these stretches to my yoga practice. I’ll post a “before” photo. Because curiosity. C’mon boomers. Who’s with me?!😃 . . . . #widelegsquats #sumosquats #splitsprogress #splits #splitsquats #splitgoals #practicepracticepractice #limberstretch #stretching #stretch #stretchitout #yogafitness #stretchgoals #babyboomer #babyboom #babyboomers #babybooming #babyboomerwomen #babyboomerfitness #joinmefitness
4. Lorraine C Ladish – With yoga, each pose brings a different energy
Lorraine C Ladish is a bilingual writer, journalist, mom and yogini. She writes, “according to Yoga Journal, ‘Yoga teaches that each pose has an energetic quality. For instance, some poses are uplifting and energizing, while others are soothing and stabilizing, Malasana has a grounding quality—it taps into a downward-flowing energy known in yoga as apana vayu—and is a good pose to practice whenever you need to bring on calm.”
According to Yoga Journal, "Yoga teaches that each pose has an energetic quality. For instance, some poses are uplifting and energizing, while others are soothing and stabilizing. Malasana has a grounding quality—it taps into a downward-flowing energy known in yoga as apana vayu—and is a good pose to practice whenever you need to bring on calm.¨ When I saw this photo, I loved the energy of laughter and life but then I saw the obvious butt shape at the bottom. And tonight I thought, eff it, if someone sees something other than the energy of the photo, it´s a reflection on them, not me. I actually love this pose because life is messy, life is hard, life is exhausting, but it´s also happy, and joyous, and uplifting … I hang on to this expression of unfiltered joy in an apparently vulnerable position, which is actually a variation of goddess pose, now that I need to remind myself that although sometimes life brings on scary and uncertain challenges, it also gives us beautiful gifts. Today in particular I am dealing with both at the same time. I´m sure someone else out there is too. I see you. I feel you. I honor you. And me. #Malasana #yogini #disruptaging
The fantastic thing about Yoga is that it’s never too late to start and see benefits, whether you want a moment of tranquillity to ease your stress or improve your strength, focus and mental resilience. As Lucy B explains the exercise was used as a prescription for general health issues in ancient India, “back in the day the doctors in India wouldn’t prescribe medicine they would prescribe you a little yoga sequence to do”. The benefits of Yoga are written in history, so why not prescribe yourself a Yoga routine and get started!