It is always an exciting time of expectation at the start of New Year; with plans to make positive change. If you are planning to make a difference with your health and your fitness levels, then yoga could be the practice you are looking for in 2015. Yoga might have been around for what seems like forever, well thousands of years, but it is still as popular and as relevant as ever; making it into the top 10 of the American College of Sports Medicine's 2015 fitness trends, an annual worldwide survey of industry professionals.
So, what's so perfect about yoga for beyond New Year and into 2015?
Yoga embraces new beginnings and change - Yoga is a non-competitive exercise program that is deeply personal. You progress at your own pace and when you start your practice there is a feeling of being at the start of a wonderful journey. This fits with New Year, where you are looking ahead at new chapters unfolding and alternative fitness routes to follow.
The breathing techniques and meditative elements of yoga are connected with the idea of letting go and living mindfully; aware and present in the here and now. New Year too is about saying goodbye to the past and looking forward; of starting from this point onward.
Yoga is a great entry level exercise program - This time of year, many people who have long been out of the habit of regular exercise or even activities, are propelled to make a difference. However, if you are not used to working out, the world of health and fitness can be a little overwhelming to say the least. You want to feel motivated and not humiliated or out of your depth and yoga is one of the best exercise programs to do this.
Even beginners with little or no experience, and those who have led a sedentary life as of late at least, can feel comfortable with yoga and progress without any pressure.
Yoga destresses you after the holiday season - The festive holidays can be great fun for some but also a source of stress for many. There is often a real feeling of internal stress building up in individuals, while relationships and socializing can intensify, not to mention the general hubbub about this time of year, which can put strain on anyone.
After a frenetic or simply an indulgent holiday, you really need to reduce your stress levels. Yoga is a calming and soothing practice that lets you escape your everyday world and suspend your mind in its own time and space; a perfect exercise antidote that helps you energize and revitalize.
Yoga inspires lifestyle changes - Yoga is a holistic practice and which really encourages greater mind-body connection and awareness. Of course, there are also many poses which are aimed at one part of the body, say to strengthen or stretch, but the overall idea behind yoga is about general wellness.
This wider approach, along with an enjoyable practice, often extends into other areas of life, such as nutrition, patterns of behavior, and relationships. Health is about much more than fitness after all.
Yoga grounds and creates balance and stability - Many yoga poses are concerned with strengthening muscles so that the spine is well supported and there is a sense of equilibrium, both mentally and physically. Breathing, correct posture and awareness of your body has a wonderful effect of making you feel strong and in control and gives you a grounded feeling.
Yoga focuses on wellbeing in general - Because yoga is all-encompassing and about your whole being, it is ideal to get involved with for New Year and beyond. In January your focus is on this wider health and fitness philosophy too.
Yoga is perfect for 2015, so get in touch with us and make some moves towards a healthier and happier fitness journey for the year ahead.