Yoga is for both the body and the mind
If you have ever watched someone taking yoga classes you probably have noticed that they do not breathe heavily or strain despite the fact that they assume some extremely difficult positions? You may have also noticed their face, they are the picture of clam; their face is always placid, the student remains focused and he or she is not disturbed by any outside distractions.
Many yoga studios in the United States focus only the physical aspect of the poses which are called asana. There is nothing wrong with this approach and the physical aspect of yoga will help the student tone and stretch the muscles, keeping the body flexible and well conditioned. However, ancient yoga did not only focus on the physical aspects of the discipline, they also incorporated breathing techniques and meditation which calms one’s mind and emotions, excellent as a stress reliever. Stress is something that affects a person at both the physical and emotional levels and yoga classes in New Jersey can help relieve many physical manifestations of stress such as heart palpitations, nervousness, anxiety, poor sleeping habits and shortness of breath.
A total approach to yoga includes the poses as well as breathing and meditation, this “all in” approach works on the nervous system, reduces blood pressure, strengthens the immune system and improves digestion all of which have a positive effect on the mind and body. Anyone who suffers from long term stress is a candidate for a heart attack or stroke and is much more likely to suffer from migraines, stomach ulcers and insomnia.
When you take yoga classes in New Jersey you will find that your body relaxes and your heart rate moderates, blood circulation through your body, including the organs, muscles, tendons and the brain is improved and blood carries life enhancing oxygen which is a necessity for brain function and all around good health. It may sound a bit farfetched to think that yoga can actually do all of this but it does.
Yoga helps you to control your breathing; long, deep breathes will nourish your body, your mind and your emotions; you will relax and be able to hone your focus and your attention span will increase.
Once you have learned the traditional methods of yoga you will benefit positively as you achieve a state of balance health and you will know how to combat stress as well.