It is hard to describe the feeling after a yoga class. It is just lifting the spirits, relaxed, energised, renewed, ready to tackle the world again kind of feeling. So, what is the reason behind this feeling, and is it unique to yoga?
I think most of us will agree that any physical exercise leaves us feeling energised and better. The difference with yoga is that it works on various levels within our bodies mainly for two reasons, the breathing practice and the physical asana or poses practice!
During yoga, the breathing is deep into the lower parts of the lungs, which engages the parasympathetic nervous system. This is responsible for calming and restoring the body. This plays a major part in making us feel more relaxed.
On the other hand, the asana or poses practice helps to strengthen and lengthen the muscles in our bodies, which helps us destress and relax further. It also helps to build strength over time, making us feel more in control of our bodies and the toning of the muscles, making us feel firmer and slimmer.
Another aspect of the yoga practice is the awareness that is created in our bodies. The awareness and the sensations we experience in our bodies during practice play a major part in how we feel about our bodies. For example, over time, it contributes to what we eat and how much we eat.
We become so aware of what makes us feel better: it becomes much easier to eat healthier, practise more regularly, and quietly spend time in meditation. This is just the 'normal' unfolding of the magic of yoga in our bodies, and it is transformational without a doubt.
Yes, this may take time, but it will happen. During my yoga teacher training, my contact teacher told me to just trust the yoga process by just religiously doing my practice, and yoga will do the rest.
This is not the only reason or reasons why yoga makes us feel so good after a class. You may have heard of the phrase 'prana' or life force mentioned when people talk about yoga. By practising yoga poses, any energy blockages in the body are unblocked and released. This allows the energy or life force to flow freely through the Chakra system in our bodies, and with that comes that feeling of wellness and feeling good.
This is one of the reasons why a class consists of various poses, but it could also be that you become aware of what pose gives you that zingy feeling ... for me, it is a forward bend. Over time, variation is good because our bodies and energy centres' needs may change.
"If so, just change your style of yoga to accommodate this changing need!"
Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, phase of life or limitations that you may feel apply to you. It still holds the same magical properties for anybody or person. It just needs you to take the first step to try it out.
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about ageless yoga, do call me on 07768 314962 or click the Messenger icon in the bottom right of your browser to chat.
Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.
She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.
Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.
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