Nowadays, life is busy. Really busy. We barely unwind and hardly ever unplug. 24 hours a day we can connect to the world, and it makes switching off very difficult.
Yet we know the importance of taking time out for our health. Exercising, quietening our mind for a few precious moments. Keeping fit, and supple and in tune with ourselves. One way to achieve all of this and much more is yoga! The health benefits are far reaching and can add years onto our life span.
So arguably we need activities such as yoga more than ever, but the paradox is…. who has the time?
In truth, yoga doesn’t “take time” — it gives time. ~Ganga White, Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice, 2007
Heading to a yoga class can be wonderful. You pull on your special yoga outfit, grab your mat and head off to the studio to see your yoga buddies and allow yourself to be guided by a professional as you twist and bend for an hour long session. But it can take a serious chunk out of your day – which makes it tricky to incorporate on a regular basis. With travel, greetings and the poses themselves you can expect to rack up about 90 minutes every time.
To get the very best benefits of yoga it is said that you should practice it every single day. And doing it at home can be the most convenient and inexpensive way to reap the benefits without getting behind on other responsibilities.
Before you start, it is advisable that you have some basic knowledge of the poses, as yoga can be challenging and it is possible to cause injury if you push your body too far too quickly. You could spend some time with a qualified yoga teacher or try guided video or audio instruction if you are a complete beginner.
But providing you have some knowledge and an understanding of your boundaries then you should be good to go. The main thing is to always listen to your body.
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