Why Do Yoga?
If you haven't yet joined the yoga revolution, read on to discover just how beneficial this simple age-old practice can be. When practiced regularly, yoga reliably increases our sense of physical health, emotional well-being, mental clarity, and spiritual connection.
Breath Is the Key
The key to gaining the full benefit of your yoga session is to make sure you breathe deeply, fully and in coordination with the movements of your limbs. Combining yoga postures with the breath benefits you at the core level of physical functioning: cellular metabolism.
In addition to improving the metabolic exchange that each cell depends on for optimal functioning, the muscular stretching and rhythmic pressure caused by the breath have a profound impact on the detoxifying mechanisms of the body, including the lymph system, kidneys, lungs skin, and elimination components of the digestive system.
Cleansing the Bioemotional Self
Each of the upper six chakras (the subtle energy centers of the body) is associated with an endocrine gland. These glands have long been known for their role in producing the hormones that control basic body functions. The recent revolution in neurobiology is the discovery that the physical and emotional bodies are directly regulated by a complex balance of these hormones and other chemicals that are also produced in the glands, including neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin). Small changes in these chemicals have a significant impact; our emotional world is heavily dependent on how well our endocrine system is functioning, e.g., our hormone and neurotransmitter levels.
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