Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation
We grew up in our mom’s dance studio, taking classes and teaching. We did everything; tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics. While we were no strangers to exercise, we had never tried yoga until adulthood. Dancing was usually fast paced, pumped up music, all working together on choreographed routines. Yoga is slow, calming, peaceful, individual. There are many benefits; here is what we have found personally.
You can be in a stressful situation, go to a yoga class and leave feeling much more centered and relaxed. Poses and stretches are moving your body toward health, getting the blood flowing, gently working on everything from your spine to your hips, neck, feet and digestive system. Deep breathing gets the oxygen flowing to your brain. There is a meditative aspect to yoga, usually at the end of each class. You close your eyes and lay or sit for a bit in silence. It is very restorative since, by the end of the hour session, your mind is not racing with the 5 million things you came in thinking about. Give it a try if you haven’t already or make it part of your lifestyle. Imagine if we were all walking around more peaceful and relaxed, and feeling great. What a benefit to yourself and everybody you are sharing your life with!