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Can Yoga Benefit You?

IT IS NOW RECOGNISED THAT STRESS IS THE CAUSE OF MANY ILLNESSES AND LEARNING HOW TO RELAX
THROUGH YOGA TECHNIQUES REDUCES THE PRODUCTION OF STRESS HORMONES

As a yoga instructor based in Bedfordshire, UK, my main goal is to lead you down the beautiful path of discovery that yoga provides. Whether you want to move your body, ease pain, or be more present, I know that you will benefit from this type of practice.  Since my early 20's I have regularly practiced yoga, some 40 years, and having the chance to share all that I’ve learned along the way with students fills me with joy. I set up Circle-Yoga to bring this life affirming skill to as many people as possible.  I really do feel that everyone could use more yoga in their lives.

I completed additional training with the teacher Kristine Weber from Subtle Yoga.  You will find that there is a wealth of rich research how yoga can help you.  Slow, mindful yoga posture practice has health benefits (in addition to the usual exercise benefits) that can help to build resilience in the nervous system. Yoga posture practice can:

 

  • Enhance muscular strength

  • Enhance flexibility

  • Promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function

  • Promote recovery from and treatment of addiction

  • Reduce stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain

  • Improve sleep

  • Enhance sense of well-being and quality of life                                          

  • Build awareness

  • Improve function of attention networks

  • Increase interoception and proprioception 

  • Improve memory and the function of the hippocampus

  • Improve self-regulation and emotional regulation

  • Reduce reactivity of the amygdala which correlates with reduced stress response

  • Improve hemispheric communication across the corpus callosum which correlates with improved brain function

 

Resources:

Villemure, C., Čeko, M., Cotton, V. A., & Bushnell, M. C. (January 01, 2015). Neuroprotective effects of yoga practice: age-, experience-, and frequency-dependent plasticity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9.

Woodyard, Catherine. (2011). Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life. Medknow Publications Pvt Ltd.