Back on January 1st 2020 nobody expected the year to roll out the way it is doing. No-one was prepared for a full on pandemic to hit the world. None of us were ready with the answer to, how to get through the pandemic and beyond nor do we have ways to deal with the changes it's bringing about. We have all had to draw upon the knowledge and experience we have, so, after practising for the last 25 years, I naturally turn to Yoga. I trust that the many benefits of yoga will get me through the pandemic and take me far beyond it, so I'd like to share with you just what those benefits are and how by practising a little yoga everyday we will all get through the pandemic and beyond.
The Benefits Of Yoga
For The Body
Yoga improves your flexibility, mobility and balance and this is so important. Good flexibility allows your body to move in whatever way you wish and it helps you to be generally more active. To quote Bob Harper "yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible". Great balance makes you stronger which means you're less likely to fall and increased mobility means simple tasks like looking over your shoulder whilst driving or lifting patients will be made easier….these benefits are endless.
For The Mind
Yoga has more than just physical benefits for your body: The BBC television programme ‘Trust me I'm a doctor", although not a clinical trial, showed that yoga reduces blood pressure and anxiety in the same way and to the same extent as attending a hard core Gym session. The most wonderful thing about yoga is that it calms and clears the mind, helping to centre feelings and ground yourself so enabling management of stressful situations. Yoga has been proven to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body, lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
Yoga improves your breathing. Yoga helps optimise the performance of your lungs and can lead to improving your lung function. When we focus completely on our breath we tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, letting the body know it's time to relax and enter into total and complete rest. Yoga helps improves sleep quality. Poor sleep has been associated with HBP and depression. Studies show that including a small amount of yoga into your routine will help improve sleep patterns. The more often you access relaxation through yoga the easier it is to access at bedtime, its like working and strengthening your relaxation muscle. Yoga may also reduce inflammation.
My personal experience of yoga is that it enables you to think in a clear and balanced way. I'm able to manage my monthly emotional fluctuations. I'm also strong in my body and in my immunity. Ok, so now you know what practising a little yoga everyday can do for you, what else can you expect when you join in a yoga class with me.
What Happens To You In A Class -
Stilling of busy minds….again this takes practice but like a muscle strengthening it gets easier.
Physical activity (always to your own level)
Deep considered and controlled stretching
Reducing and easing the physical signs of tension.
Spending a moment in time just for you and to check in that you really are ok today.
Time to explore the amazing things your body can do in the privacy of your own home.
At this time of social distancing and staying at home you may be asking where can I find a class that I can attend whenever I am able. The good news is that you can find one right where you are now,simply by going to the Tabitha Yoga Channel on Youtube.
Welcome To Tabitha Yoga
Join me in my FREE Yoga & Pilates classes, relaxations & meditations too. Whether you want to wake up more and be energised, relax from a busy stressful day and fall asleep faster, gently stretch your body all over and relieve tension, or give yourself a tough all over body workout and strengthen all your muscles, we upload Yoga & Pilates classes for all of these things and more. As well as all this, there's a range of Relaxations and Meditations to focus your mind and calm your anxieties.
The Key To Getting Through The Pandemic and Beyond
I hope now, by being introduced to the amazing benefits of yoga you can see, and hopefully feel, if you've already started your practice, that yoga works to maintain your overall health, both bodily, mentally and spiritually. If you continue to practise yoga regularly, it will help you to guard against illness and guide you on your own journey to get through the pandemic and beyond. By helping yourself you will be able to help those around you too, after all "You can’t pour from an empty cup"
Fill up the cup kids!!!!