You have probably heard about the benefits yoga can bring – increased strength and flexibility, and a sense of calm and relaxation. But by developing a regular practice for yourself, outside of the classes you may attend you might find the effect spreading to unexpected areas of your life.
In my own experience, I have found the power of practising yoga regularly transformative. I feel healthier than ever before, with plenty of energy. It has had a calming effect which allows me to tackle life’s daily challenges in a much more positive way, and professionally it has opened up new and exciting opportunities that I may not have had the courage to pursue.
The good news is that developing a regular home practice doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Surya Namaskar, or the Sun Salutations are the perfect starting point – a sequence of just 7 poses which flow together to create a moving meditation. The movements are synchronized with the breath allowing the mind to find stillness. The sun salutations will help you to build strength and flexibility, which in turn will allow you to start to deepen the practice as you feel ready to add in more poses.
According to Yoga Journal in a recent study by The International Journal of Yoga, it was found that “Just 20 minutes of flowing through Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) have tremendous effects on wellness and can even get you out of a mental slump”.
So find a space to roll out your mat, on your bedroom floor or in your living room and find just 20 minutes to dedicate to your home practice. You might be surprised by the results!
I teach a gentle vinyasa flow style of yoga in Folkestone and Hythe, join me to hone your Sun Salutations.
For class times and venues visit: Happy Healthy Yoga – Cheriton