Grappling with staying inside can be tough as the summer months come upon us. With added anxiety, fear, and uncertainty due to current world events, it may seem impossible to motivate yourself to begin a yoga practice. However, starting your day focusing on yourself, stretching your body and centering your mind can help set the stage for future productivity throughout the day, and help manage stress.
Yoga for your mind
Yoga practice strengthens both your body and mind simultaneously. By moving through slow controlled movements, yoga makes the parts of your brain that control emotion, decision making, and reactions to physical stress work together to communicate and cooperate. You can start developing this skill rather quickly with continued short practice, such as a 10-minute Sun Salutation routine. Consistent yoga can translate directly into your ability to balance your work with the everyday challenges that life brings.
Yoga is a great way to begin exercising
Yoga can be a great way to start exercising. Even as physical therapists, we find it hard to begin a new exercise program. Weight lifting is daunting, jogging makes your feet hurt, and biking in the streets seems dangerous, especially in a city. Practicing yoga regularly over time can improve muscular strength and flexibility, endurance, and potentially lower body fat percentage. Yoga practice requires patience and consistency; establishing a routine will help you reap the benefits. Set aside time in your daily schedule to perform a sun salutation routine along with any other poses and flows that you find beneficial for you. Check out our Sun Salutation A program in the app!
Sun Salutation A, what’s that?
A Sun Salutation (in Sanskrit, Surya Namaskara) consists of a sequence of yoga poses focusing on fluidity and breath. By inhaling as you stretch, and exhaling as you relax, your internal systems sync, find stability and flow. Simultaneously, you awaken and challenge your muscles through movement. Traditionally, a Sun Salutation consists of 12 poses, each movement flowing from one to the next. Initially, this can feel intimidating. We’ve added a shorter Sun Salutation sequence in the app that will still benefit you, encouraging movers of all levels to take up a consistent yoga practice.
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