by Margau Perko, CYT – Guest speaker & writer
Why a Yoga Practice?
At some time or other, most of us can identify with some or many of the following:
Stress, fatigue, lack of sleep or insomnia, low energy and reduced stamina, stiffness, pain (e.g. back, wrists, neck) headache, eye strain, poor concentration and memory, depression, heavy workload, injury and disturbances in breathing.
A regular yoga practice has a positive effect on all of the above symptoms and numerous others. Many of our students have been advised to take up yoga by their doctors. Medical professionals realize that yoga relieves symptoms of illness and assists in the healing and prevention of a variety of ailments.
Yoga is effective at every stage of life and is considered by many to be a form of medicine. It works at the level of both the mind and body. Physical posture is a major concern and we address this challenge with a carefully designed yoga program. Breathing techniques and guided relaxation help to increase awareness. As flexibility of the body and agility of the mind improve through yoga practice, students are instilled with a sense of wellness and confidence.
Yoga positively affects every system in the body. Some of the most common improvements in overall health from a Regular Yoga Practice include:
- Enhanced immune and lung function
- Lower blood pressure
- Higher energy levels
- Improved brain function
- Less pain and increased range of mobility
- Improved strength, coordination and balance
- Less stress and anxiety-related illness
- Reduced need for medication
- Better sleep and increased relaxation
A regular yoga practice encourages greater vitality of our life force, keeping us healthier, more energized, balanced and creative.
Margo Perko is a Certified Yoga Teacher and owns One Lotus Yoga in Calgary. She teaches classed for several corporations, group and private students including specialized programs for women’s health, therapeutic yoga and athletes. She promotes the benefits of yoga through presentations, articles, workshops and television.