Yoga Improves Mind, Body and Breath
Through purposeful and focused exercise, yoga:
- Promotes personal discipline
- Increases calmness
- Improves understanding
- Eases stress
- Elevates awareness
Yoga poses are designed to help:
- Improve flexibility
- Increase muscular strength
- Decrease joint pressure
- Improve balance
- Elevate endurance
- Enhance awareness
Yoga’s focus on breathing with the poses:
- Improves oxygen flow to organs
- Promotes circulation
- Decreases pain
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relaxes your body
- Increases awareness
Yoga is a journey. Gains come slowly. Don’t be concerned if you think you are not getting better. Give yourself credit for doing your practice. Most people see noticeable results after three months. The more you practice, the more you improve.
Practicing yoga is a commitment to be healthier in mind, body and spirit. You need to commit time and energy to your yoga practice to get the benefits.
This book provides you with the basic tools you need to start your practice. I encourage you to work with a registered yoga teacher in your area. A skilled teacher will help you do the poses with proper alignment, so you can gain even more benefits from your practice.
The art of yoga requires listening to your body – to notice subtle changes as your body moves. Small movements make a big difference as to how your body feels. When your body is happy, your mind is relaxed and happy, too. Yoga allows you to reach into your inner sense of being – to be more than you ever imagined you can be. It gives you freedom to explore life to the fullest.
Janet Rae Humphrey, C-IAYT, E-RYT
Certified: Yoga Therapist, Yoga for Healthy Aging and Integrative Yoga for Seniors