Reasons to start Yoga in 2018

Yoga is more popular than ever before. Is it time to see what all the fuss is about? Maybe 2018 is your year to give it a go. This article explores the benefits and the science behind yoga.


Yoga is more popular than ever before. Is it time to see what all the fuss is about?  Maybe 2018 is your year to give it a go. Everywhere you go there are yoga classes and the growth of online yoga means you don’t even need to leave your living room to start – Nichi and Joey from our studio teach at Because the Yoga industry has grown scientists have started to develop more tests and studies on why yoga and meditation  is good for you. Yoga teachers have been waxing lyrical about these benefits for years and it’s great that finally the skeptics are starting to take note and realize that there really is something in it.

The following article by Jen at explores the benefits and the science behind yoga; here’s a summary of the benefits:

1. Regular Yoga Practice Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety by focusing on breathing and increasing mindfulness and focus on gratitude.

2. Practicing Yoga Improves Cardiovascular Health
Yoga improves cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure, offering relaxation benefits, and increasing blood flow to the heart. It’s also beneficial for those recovering from a heart attack.

3. Yoga Strengthens Brain Activity
Yoga helps increase brain matter in various areas of the brain, leading to better memory, less depression and more focus. It also helps rewire the brain for positivity and promotes a calm mind.

4. Practicing Yoga Can Lower the Risk of Cancer

Yoga can help prevent cancer by reducing fat stores and preventing genetic mutation expression. It can also assist those undergoing cancer treatments by keeping them limber and boosting energy.

5. The Deep Breathing and Poses of Yoga Improve Digestion
Yoga helps move toxins through the body with deep breathing and specific poses aimed at improving digestion.

6. Those Who Practice Yoga Are More Aware of What’s Going on in Their Bodies
Yoga helps increase the mind-body connection. This enhances enjoyment of the present, and also encourages us to be more in tune with how our bodies move.

7. Yoga Practice Lowers Sugar Levels in the Blood, Decreasing Diabetes Symptoms

Regular practice of yoga can decrease blood sugar levels, keep weight in check, and reduce stress, all of which help improve diabetes symptoms.

8. The Practice of Yoga Can Help Regulate Your Adrenal Glands
The regular practice of yoga can reduce stress and lessen the release of cortisol, helping to combat the symptoms of adrenal fatigue syndrome.

9. Yoga Strengthens Bones
Performing weight-bearing exercises, including various yoga poses, can reduce calcium-destroying cortisol and build bone density.

10. The Healing Powers of the Breath Aid in Improved Respiration

All forms of yoga are based on breathing. The regular practice of yoga teaches us how to pay attention to the breath and can improve lung volume and chest capacity, helping those who deal with respiratory issues.

11. Chronic Pain Can Often Be Managed Effectively with Yoga
The breathing and movement associated with yoga can help those suffering from muscle or joint pain. Regular yoga practice can also trigger changes in the brain that can help chronic pain sufferers deal with and lessen pain symptoms.

12. Those Who Practice Yoga See Fewer Allergy Symptoms
Those who practice traditional yoga or engage in cleansing kriyas can reduce their susceptibility to allergies and also improve the symptoms associated with them.

13. The Increased Blood Flow and Reduced Stress Associated with Yoga Can Increase Fertility
The stress reduction and rebalancing benefits of yoga can help women who want to conceive. Those struggling with fertility issues may want to practice targeted fertility yoga that helps with both conception and a healthy pregnancy.

14. A Consistent Yoga Practice Can Lead to a Balanced Metabolism
Yoga has an effect on digestion, circulation, and building muscle, all of which positively affect your metabolism.

15. Practicing Yoga at any Time of Day Helps You Sleep Better
The stress-relieving benefits of a consistent yoga practice can help improve your sleep quality. Those with sleeping problems can also benefit from a bedtime routine that includes specific poses or deep breathing paired with meditation.

16. All Forms of Yoga Work Wonders on Your Range of Motion
The gentle and prolonged stretching that makes up the core of yoga helps increase range of motion and preserve it throughout the lifetime.

17. Practicing Yoga Can Help Treat Arthritis
Yoga is a safe and effective form of exercise for those suffering from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It helps ease joint discomfort and boosts energy and a sense of well-being.

18. Practicing Yoga Leads to a Healthy Lifestyle and Enhanced Self-Care

Yoga increases self-awareness, which leads to other healthy choices and overall increase in wellness and happiness.

Read the full article here

To help you begin your yoga journey, the Yoga Space offers a number of classes:Beginners Yoga (read more about our Beginners Yoga classes)
Monday 18:40 – 19:55
Tuesday 20:00 – 21:30
Wednesday 20:00 – 21:30
Thursday 20:15 – 21:30
Saturday 14:15 – 15:30Beginners Vinyasa Flow (read more about our Beginners Vinyasa Flow classes)
Saturday 09:45 – 11:00 (on the 2nd and 3rd Saturday of each month – check the timetable for up to date scheduling)

Hatha Yoga (read more about our Hatha Yoga classes)
Monday 17:30 – 18:30
Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00

Come along and join a practice that will change your life.  See you on the mat soon!

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