Although yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, while an ancient practice, is still relatively unknown to westerners, its benefits, optimal conditions to practice or simply if it is considered a sport.
It is very strange that, despite the antiquity of this discipline, today it is still so unknown. But luckily our mentality is changing, the interest in yoga has increased markedly... more and more people adopt this discipline as a philosophy of life and apply it in their daily lives.
For that reason, here we are going to tell you about the infinite benefits that yoga can bring to your life, with tips and recommendations.
What exactly is yoga? Why haven't I heard of it before?
Yoga is a physical and mental discipline that originates in India, combining the practice of medication together with postures (known as Asanas) in order to relax and disconnect yourself from daily stress.
Historically it has many religious connotations related to Buddhism and Hinduism due to its eastern roots. However, we do not automatically link yoga to religion, there are innumerable benefits for which yoga can improve your quality of life totally outside the spiritual or religious realm.
But… Can everyone practice yoga?
Of Course! No matter what age you are, if you have only a small amount of flexibility or are not used to sports, there are many types of yoga that you can practice that will give you an overall sense of well-being practicing yoga and meditation during pregnancy can also provide outstanding benefits for you and your baby...
The benefits of Yoga
Yoga, as already mentioned above, has infinite health benefits, both physically and mentally, hence the topical phrase “connect your body and mind”.
We cannot list all the benefits that yoga can bring you, but we have made a selection of the 8 most outstanding benefits of practicing yoga:
1. Reduce daily stress:
Thanks to yoga’s breathing techniques, if practiced on a daily basis, even if only a few minutes a day, helps relieve tension and improves relaxation. And it is highly recommended to spend a few minutes before going to sleep.
2. Increase flexibility:
Many of the asanas that are exercised in yoga require a considerable range of movement with practice and time you will see your flexibility and joint mobility improve.
3. Correct your posture and improve balance:
The daily practice of yoga will also help correct certain bad postures that we acquire in our day to day life, so it is highly recommended by physiotherapists and osteopaths.
4. Improves rest:
It is quite common to be really tired, but not being able to fall asleep due to stress. The asanas of yoga relax body and mind and by incorporating the rest of the exercises will help you get physically tired that together with some meditation will enable you to eliminate that state of stress that prevents you from sleeping, you will rest better, and have much more energy in the morning.
5. Tone your body improve your strength:
During yoga classes the muscles are worked by sections, and this is because with the different postures, many parts of the body are exercised, thus toning and increasing strength and endurance.
6. Improving personal relationships and increase self-esteem:
Although it may seem far-fetched, it is a fact that a stressful situation often reduces our patience and way of dealing with problems. One of the biggest indirect benefits is that thanks to the philosophy of yoga, this will help manage your emotions, face adverse situations with greater peace of mind and it is highly recommended to overcome depression or times when we feel distant from those we love.
7. Power of concentration:
In addition to the benefits that we have already mentioned regarding relaxation through asanas, another very important aspect is that it helps us to focus our attention on movement and breathing.
8. Helps to lose weight:
Although it may not seem credible, and this is not the main goal of yoga, practicing it helps you burn calories, which together with a more relaxed life tone and improve your metabolism.
All these benefits have been primarily responsible for the popularization of this ancient discipline in Europe. And a variety of physicians have come to appreciate the beneficial effects it has.
Choose the ideal place to practice yoga
It is very important to make a good choice of where to practice yoga, much more important than when... any time is a good time for practicing yoga, but can you imagine doing yoga in the middle of La Gran Vía in Madrid? Or in the London underground?...
Sin duda es muy importante hacer una buena elección del lugar donde vas a hacer yoga, alejado de aglomeraciones, ruidos y preferiblemente en un entorno rodeado de naturaleza.
It's very important to choose a good place to practise yoga... a calm and peaceful place with positive energy and with a peaceful natural environment.
In the Hotel Montíboli you can enjoy the perfect place to practice yoga during your holidays, there are not many hotels that offer a combination of relaxation and yoga. The Montibolis prime location set in beautiful surroundings is an ideal place to practice.
We hope we have brought you much closer to the world of yoga and shown you the benefits of this ancient practice which goes beyond burning calories and toning muscles.
Finally, we would like to give you some advices that may help you to do a correct yoga session.
Some TIPS to do Yoga
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Avoid eating 2 hours before practicing yoga.
- Create your own routine, and practice it constantly.
- Follow your own pace, respect your bodies limitations.
- Don’t compare yourself with others be proud of your progress.
Articles published in 2018