yoga blog by yoga lover in Bicester

what can yoga do for me?

Yoga can offer so many benefits … on so many levels.  Yoga includes not just postures but also breath control, concentration and meditation and it is the combination of all these that give the optimum benefit.

People often think first in terms of the physical benefits – increased flexibility muscle tone and strength.  Better posture.  Relief from back, neck and shoulder pain.  Regular practice of yoga is likely to lead to all of these.

Relief from stress – taking time to practice yoga not only gives benefits whilst practicing, but also afterwards … and gradually seems to pervade your whole life leading to greater calmness, more patience and less feeling a need to rush.

Better self-esteem – regular practice of yoga changes the way you view yourself … you seem to have less need to compare with others and have a greater sense of your own value (in a non egotistical way).

Improved health and wellbeing – regular yoga practice improves vitality and your immune system…. you just feel better inside and out.

So what are you waiting for … find a good yoga teacher now!  Look for someone who has done a proper training course – for example with the British Wheel of Yoga.  Try out a class and see how good you feel afterwards!

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yoga thought …..

Just come across this little quote ….. and really like it :

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings” ~Henry Ward Beecher

Isn’t it true … look for good and you find it … look for bad … and of course you find that too but just bring yourself down.  Look for the good in people and situations and life feels very different.   Easy to say when things are going well, but much much harder when you’re having a tough time … but of course that’s when the old glass half full pays dividends!

To my yoga colleagues … try a little meditation on finding things to be thankful for …… once you start thinking there are so many …. right now as I type this … the roses in a vase on my desk, the glass of wine on my desk, my lovely cat sitting on the desk …. and that’s just what’s no more than 12 inches away from me!

According to Wikipedia … this is who Henry Ward Beecher is:

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century. An 1875 adultery trial in which he was accused of having an affair with a married woman was one of the most notorious American trials of the 19th century.[1]

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Yoga can do you good!!

Great new research published by the University of Sheffield confirming that yoga really can do you good!!

The research highlighted benefits for those with osteoarthritis, back pain, asthma, stress … and much more.

As a longtime student and also teacher of yoga it’s great to see confirmation of what I’ve always believed … that yoga really is very, very good for you!

You can read more about the research on the British Whee of Yoga website: