In 2008 a movie came out about a man named Benjamin Button. As time passed, he appeared to grow YOUNGER!
That's me! I've been practicing yoga for 5 years now and I have seen many changes in my body and mind.
Before starting yoga my hair (what's left that it) was very white, including my beard. Within 6 months I could see it starting to get darker. I attributed this anti-aging look to yoga with a focus on inversions. Inversions can be very simple such as downward facing dog, or bridge pose. Inversions can be performed by almost anyone - like to put 'legs-up-the-wall'? - inversion. And other poses such as handstands, forearm stands and shoulder stands are more demanding inversions, but one cannot hold these as long as holding supported bridge pose for example. I believe that inversions help to calm the nervous system and promote natural healing.
I have climbed mountains more 40 years or more. I used to think that I had pretty good lung capacity. As I practiced yoga and the yogic breathing techniques, my lung capacity greatly increased. As I climb now, I notice a significant improvement in my breath. I don't breath as hard when climbing. It's noticeable. During my yoga teacher training, my teacher said that the average person only used about 65% of their lung capacity. I feel that, through practicing yoga breathing (pranayama) techniques, I am now using much more of my lung capacity. My diaphragm muscle is stronger and more flexible. Who couldn't benefit from using more of your lung capacity?
So - for me, and most others, yoga is life changing. Physical changes are readily apparent. But the real juice is in the mind - the calming of the 'monkey-mind'. For me, this translates to a clearer mind, and a more relaxed nature. Calming my nervous system, promoting the parasympathetic nervous system, and reducing (or at least noticing) those 'fear-based' thoughts.
Take away: Try yoga. Do yoga. Let yoga do you!
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