The Value of Yoga

Cora Kemball-Cook // 3 October 2017

    
The Value of Yoga
Cora Kemball-Cook // 3 October 2017

You may come to a weekly class or have had a break from yoga but something

drew you to it in the first place and I think it is an awareness of the value of yoga.

Yoga works on so many different levels – body, mind and spirit and this is why it is so valuable. At the physical level it provides us with useful exercise, it stretches the muscles and encourages flexibility and keeps the joints healthy. Yoga can also help to strengthen the muscles by practicing some of the weight bearing asanas such as the plank and the crow. So many of today’s ills are caused by stress and the mindful practice of yoga can help us to deal much better with the stresses with useful exercise, it stretches the muscles and encourages flexibility and keeps the joints healthy. Yoga can also help to strengthen the muscles by practicing some of the weight bearing asanas such as the plank and the crow.

So many of today’s ills are caused by stress and the mindful practice of yoga can help us to deal much better with the stresses in our life. Our mind becomes calmer and more focussed, the memory improves and we often find that after a good yoga session we sleep better. The spiritual aspect of yoga may be realised gradually as we become familiar with the asanas and the breathing practices and find the mind becomes more still and focussed. We start to find that we have created the right conditions for meditation and then begins the inner spiritual journey. Many people start yoga because they feel it will help them deal with stress and then once they have started they realise there is much more to it than just the physical practice. The mental and spiritual benefits are huge but to truly discover these you do need to practice regularly. Enjoy your yoga!