benefits of yogaBy Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

Explain the benefits of Yoga to your students might not have been covered in your Yoga teacher training intensive. Did you expect that every potential student would know what Yoga is? Think again – you might find yourself explaining the benefits of Yoga to a potential student before he or she takes a class.

Many people have no clue as to what Yoga is; and some who attend classes think it is a gymnastics fashion show. Below are some features and benefits to enlighten your beginners with. In this way you can educate your students about the many rewards that result from making Yoga practice a lifestyle.

Reduce mental, physical, and emotional ailments: Yoga has been shown to help with many different conditions that are common in today’s world. Among these conditions are: headaches, back and neck pain, low energy, sexual dysfunctions, emotional mood swings, fibromyalgia, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and many more health problems.

Breathing: We can live without food or water for long periods of time, but we cannot live without oxygen but a few minutes. Learning how to breathe properly is probably one of the biggest benefits people get from practicing Yoga. Most of us breathe shallow and don’t send enough oxygen to supply all the cells in the body.

By learning, or I should say: remembering how to breathe deeper, we can generate more vital energy (prana) and prevent emotional or physical problems. Air is the number one food we need to survive and Yoga can be used as a tool to be conscious of our breathing. When we meditate, pray or focus inward, naturally we become aware of our breathing. Breathing allows us to be still, listen to our body’s wisdom, and to prevent disease or internal disharmony.

Yoga is an excellent practice to detoxify the body: By stretching all the joints and massaging the organs; Hatha Yoga can help to regulate blood circulation which can help flush the unwanted toxins in the body. This can help us experience more vitality and extend life longer.

A Yoga lifestyle is conscious living. By becoming more conscious of our bodies and mind, Yoga can help us become more aware of the world around us. All forms of Yoga can guide us to work for a better world with less violence, more peace, and more conscious global living. By living and practicing Yoga we can emanate the peace that comes from within to everyone that surround us and become a more harmonious global society.

Hari Om Tat Sat

© Copyright 2010 – Sanjeev Patel / Aura Publications

Sanjeev Patel is a certified Yoga teacher and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.

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