At Lifestyle Health Retreats (LHR) we understand the value that yoga has to enrich your life no matter what your current fitness level is. Yoga has been practiced for more than 400 years and is a system of exercises which are very easy and effective at increasing your overall health and well-being. Yoga instructors and students alike will often use phrases like “being in harmony with oneself” and indeed this is a primary goal of yoga, to achieve a unity of body, mind and spirit. Yoga will teach you how to stimulate internal organs including the prostate, which is practically never exercised by any other discipline. It will teach you how to apply pressure upon glandular areas of the body and it will combine this with meditation and breathing techniques that will grant you the ability to turn your concentration inward to examine your feelings and thoughts.
There are a number of different aspects to yoga, but one of the most appealing is that this is a set of exercises that anyone can enjoy and benefit from. It does not require any expensive equipment or a special setting, it can be practiced by anyone, man or women, rich or poor, young or old, healthy or ill. Perhaps its greatest appeal has always been that it is a set of beneficial exercises that anyone can do at any time and in any place. Yoga is even a safe form of exercise for pregnant women and prenatal yoga classes are often recommended to expectant mothers. A specially tailored prenatal yoga class will help prepare a women, physically and mentally to become a mother. It gives her a number of useful tools for coping with labour and the strengthening of the body means that the recovery period after giving birth will be much shorter.
There is a preconception amongst many men that yoga is a female pastime, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yoga provides numerous benefits to men, including decreasing stress, assisting in relaxation and increasing power, stamina and flexibility across the board. The elderly can also get a number of benefits from a yoga course and are often the first to praise the mental advantages such as an increased attention span and a better memory both long and short term. Even young children will benefit from a yoga regime by strengthening bones, increasing circulation and gaining a better disposition from breathing and relaxation exercises.
Regardless of the person, yoga has a number of lasting benefits and will aid in a wide variety of different health issues. Regular practitioners of yoga will live an overall enhanced lifestyle, are more likely to have a strong memory and better stamina combined with a stronger sense of balance. Even newcomers can use yoga to combat a range of health issues from high blood pressure to arthritis and breathing disorders.
It’s no wonder that yoga is as widely universal and appealing when you consider all the different benefits. The fact that it is a regime of exercise that is open to everyone is another advantage. It means that families can stay fit and healthy together and include everyone from the youngest child through to the oldest family members. The exercises can be performed at varying levels of difficulty and intensity, which means that two people at completely different levels of strength and flexibility can go through the same motions and both benefit. This is why yoga has universal appeal for anyone and everyone who wants to get healthy and improve their lives.