The Benefits Of Yoga: Balanced Energy Levels
Sometimes after a long day, the last thing you want to do is drag yourself to the yoga studio. After hours of meetings and staring at a computer screen, you might want to curl up in a bath, watch television, or pet your dog. When you think about a tending a yoga class, you envision yourself falling asleep during the first child’s pose.
But, some internal voice tells you to get to the yoga studio. You drag yourself there and get your mat set up. Then, just five minutes into class, you already feel rejuvenated, revitalized, and so thankful that you made it to your mat.
It’s not just in your head.
Yoga is scientifically linked to balancing energy levels, promoting both energy and relaxation. As such, you generally feel much better after a yoga class than you ever could’ve imaged going into it.
The Connection Between Breathing and Energy
During any yoga class, there’s an explicit focus on the breath. During a vinyasa class (podFLOW 1 and podFLOW 2), you’re encouraged to practice ujjayi pranayama. This Sanskrit term literally translates to “vital energy” or “life force.”
As the Sanskrit name suggests, the intention breathing that we practice during yoga classes encourages energy flow throughout the body. When you focus on the quality and length of your breath, you send freshly oxygenated blood to all parts of your body. As a result, your body’s circulatory system perks up and increases your energy.
Intentional breathing also helps to relax your parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for “fight or flight” responses. It’s amazing how calm and steady we feel when we relax this over-stimulated aspect of our body.
In addition to mindful breathing, yoga classes include inversions. We tend to think of inversions as gravity-defying handstands, but they’re actually much more simple than that. An inversion refers to any posture where the head is below the heart.
When we spend 90 percent of our day in an upright position, our circulatory system becomes accustomed to pumping blood in a certain way. Inversions are so beneficial because they reverse this flow of blood, encouraging the heart to pump fresh, oxygen-rich blood to the extremities and the lymphatic system to drain toxins.
If you practice at our yoga studio in Golden, you’ll notice that we put a lot of emphasis on inversions. Whether it takes the form of a forward fold, downward dog, or crow pose, inversions are front-and-center in our yoga classes.
Like inversions, backbends are also extremely energizing. That’s because backbends encourage us to open the front-line of our body, an often ignored area. As we open up our hearts, we stimulate our nervous system and effectively wake ourselves up. If you’re feeling sluggish in a class, add in a few backbends during mountain pose to get yourself revved up.
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