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5 Reasons to Start Practicing Yoga

5 Reasons to Start Practicing Yoga

19 Jun 2019
Elli Kuredu yoga retreat

Yoga makes you happy and healthy – but what does this actually mean? We sat down with Elli Lorbeer, the yogi behind Kuredu’s upcoming retreat, to learn just five of the countless benefits of yoga.

Yoga is often understood as being limited to asanas (poses) and its benefits are only perceived to be at the physical level. Derived from the Sanskrit word »yuji«, meaning yoke or union, yoga however is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and asanas, designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. Various studies have shown that yoga can be effectively used as an alternative medicine on a physical, mental and spiritual level.

5 benefits of practising yoga:

1. Improves your flexibility
During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, but if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening and aches and pains start to disappear.

2. Builds muscle strength
Strong muscles protect you from conditions like back pain and help prevent falls in elderly people. When you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.

3. Helps you sleep better
Restorative asanas, breathing exercises and meditation encourage your senses to turn inward, which provides downtime for your nervous system. Your sleep gets better and you will feel less stressed and tired during the day.

4. Gives you peace of mind
Yoga quells the fluctuations of the mind – in other words, it slows down the mental loops of frustration, anger, fear and desire that can cause stress. If you learn to quiet your mind, you’ll be likely to live longer and healthier.

5. Encourages self care
In yoga, it matters what you do for yourself. Yoga gives you the tools to help you change and the more you commit to practice, the more you benefit. To become a better version of yourself.

Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health. Always remember: when mind and body are in harmony, the journey through life is calmer, happier and more fulfilling.

Elli and Kuredu invite you to join the Ohana Yoga Studio retreat from 29th September to 6th October 2019; the resort offers the perfect place for those looking to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and take the time to treat the body and mind to a much-needed rest.

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