I was lucky enough to attend the fabulous Olivia King’s slow vinyasa flow, a superbly restorative yoga class, at Oslo Health yesterday afternoon. (Needless to say, I was beyond shite at a lot of the actual yoga as it’s been too long… #MyBad!) The class really could not have come at a better time for me and I actually put great thought into the weekly intention she suggested we all set at the beginning of the class and have been thinking about it all day today. It was an unusual day; I went to work as normal- the joys of being a GP- but we finished early with hurricane Ophelia ravaging the country. My deepest sympathies to all who have lost loved ones today and hopefully there will be no further tragedies.
Yoga puts great emphasis on being kind to yourself. Self care has never been more important, with the ever-increasing number of daily stressors encircling us and with so much going on in the world that is entirely beyond our control. But yoga is also so much more!
Here are some reasons to immerse yourself in a yoga class this week:
- Isometric (i.e. still) contractions of muscle boost stamina. You’re building muscle using your own body weight which also serves to improve bone density. Ideal if you’re not into lifting weights or other forms of resistance training.
- Yoga increases flexibility by stretching out your muscles, powering through tension and tightness, thereby expanding the range of motion in your joints. This increased suppleness helps to prevent injuries.
- The regular practice of yoga improves balance and posture and reduces pain through both points above. Almost anybody can do some form of yoga, even those with debilitating inflammatory arthritis.
- There are too many less ‘physical’ perks from regular yoga practice to mention! Less stress- including an actual reduction in cortisol levels- and all that goes with it… Better focus, sense of wellbeing, sleep, immunity…
Namaste! (The beautiful Hindu expression which roughly translates as ‘I bow to the divine in you’.)