The benefits of yoga go way beyond feeling fitter and more healthy and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know that I love a bit of Yoga.
That’s not to say I’m the best at it or even do it very regularly, but when I do it, it feels like the best thing in the world and I honestly begin to believe that I’m a care-free, spiritual creature who could live in a tepee in my harem pants for the rest of eternity.
“One of the benefits of yoga is that it’s a really valuable practice for the over-worked, digital-age that we live in.” – Emma, Battersea Yoga
So, why is it so good for you? This magical art of moving your body into different poses mixed with focusing on your breathing and meditating has been around since forever and us humans just seem to love it.
I love it because it’s challenging but doesn’t make you want to cry like say, going for a 50 mile run would, it’s refreshing but you also feel like you’re working out (especially if you’re doing hot yoga), it builds strength and flexibility and perfecting a new pose just feels like the best achievement on a casual Wednesday night.
I had a little chat with the lovely guys at Battersea Yoga about some of the hidden benefits…
Director of Battersea Yoga, Angus Ford-Robertson has been teaching meditation since 1999 and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2001. He’s taught yoga all around the world and believes the benefits of yoga and one of the best side effects is “better relationships with loved ones. Yoga is a process of getting to know oneself better, including our sensitive buttons. When we know what presses our buttons, we can avoid unnecessary domestics and petty rows. We just breathe through it without reacting to triggers or provocation.”
Yoga helps to relieve stress and as Angus says, make you a calmer person. You know when you’ve had a stressful day at work? You’ve been hunched over your desk all day, then you get into your car and you’re sat in traffic for an hour and a half and by the time you get home you feel like a grumpy, hunched up gremlin, yoga is the perfect way not only to stretch those agitated limbs out but to let go of anything that’s made you feel irritated and anxious throughout the day.
Emma Beattie of Battersea Yoga first discovered yoga in her home country, New Zealand before she qualified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher in Paris in 2012. She believes “The hidden benefits of yoga are lower stress and anxiety, better sleep, improved lung capacity (better breathing) and improved focus/concentration. Yoga is a really valuable practice for the over-worked, digital-age that we live in.”
And I couldn’t agree more, if you read my ‘Things to do when you’re going screenless’ blog post you’ll see that I said yoga is the perfect thing to take you away from all the screens we’re surrounded by these days!
Still getting the last of your Christmas presents you unorganised devil? Why not give a loved one an experience that will last well past Christmas!?
Battersea Yoga, one of London’s most-loved independent Yoga and Meditation Studios is offering 10% off their Christmas gift vouchers. These vouchers can be used towards any of their classes in Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, Pilates, Pre & Post Natal Yoga and Bioenergetics. Buy gift-cards online from £30 – £200 at batterseayoga.com, use the code givingisbetter for your discount!
I might just have to pop along to a class myself!