Why Every Body Needs Yoga
Posted on 06/02/2016 by Emma Cushing
So we all have those friends/family/colleagues who are skeptical of yoga (and if we're being honest, if we fall out of the habit of our practice, sometimes it can be hard to start back up). But yoga truly is for EVERY BODY. Here are some groups of people who could really benefit from a yoga practice of their own!
The biggest fear of any athlete is injury. Yoga is basically designed to reduce the likelihood of injury. It increases both flexibility and stamina, so you can push your body to the limit doing your favorite sport without reservation! Injury can take you off the field/court/etc. for a long time; yoga can keep you safely in the game.
Much like athletes, those getting up in years have joints that need extra protecting. With yoga, the young-at-heart can strengthen the muscles surrounding their joints so that the joints can function smoothly and their body maintains mobility. Yoga also builds on another very crucial muscle type - those that manage balance. A regular yoga practice can help you avoid falls, and help you get back on your feet faster if you do find yourself on the ground.
The other end of the age spectrum can also benefit immensely from yoga! Children are naturally flexible and it is a critical time to be building a sound foundation for their bodies for the years to come. While yoga strengthens their bodies, it will simultaneously instill some very important values: patience, confidence, problem-solving, self-regulation, and routine, among others. There are increasing numbers of yoga studios who teach classes for children, or it could be a new and special parent-child bonding activity!
As children grow older, school and extra curricular activities and social pressures all get harder and more taxing -- on the body and the spirit. Even if just done for 20 minutes before heading to an exam or in between homework subjects, yoga can provide a calming and centering moment to catch your breath and let go of some tension. A regular yoga practice can create a sense of structure and balance that can be highly soothing in the crazy, hectic world of education.
Another demographic known for their frenetic lives are parents. Especially with young and/or multiple children, parents often find themselves overwhelmed and totally drained. Yoga combines relaxation with reinvigoration, energizing as it de-stresses. When the kids are down for a nap or out at a friend's house, stealing those few minutes to practice your favorite poses can refresh and recenter you so you're ready for the inevitable next round of turbulence.