Why you should practice yoga

Many people complain of daily stress, fatigue, how quickly their day goes by without them doing something that is really satisfying. We are constantly looking for a moment of peace and relaxation, a time for ourselves, for our inner world and for a conscious thought. These are some of the benefits of yoga .

This practice has its roots in India, and is related to personal well-being, control of the mind and exercise of the body. It goes beyond the usual exercise and can be practiced at any age and in any physical condition. Without a doubt, it can be a refuge of inner peace.

Over time, yoga has become increasingly popular in our modern and stressful world as a powerful way to stretch and strengthen the body, relax and calm the mind, increase energy and lift the spirit. As you indulge, you get to understand that, in physical terms, it is in health and inner well-being that authentic beauty resides.

Often, yoga is partially understood as a discipline limited to the realization of physical postures. From this perspective, its usefulness is perceived only at the physical level, ignoring the benefits it offers on the mental-spiritual plane. It is evident that when equilibrium is experienced in all aspects of life, the path becomes simpler and more pleasant.

Vacations are over and the simple idea of having to return to work already causes stress. Why not dare to try something different that will help you relax and improve your mental and physical state. Here are a few reasons why you should give it a try especially if you are doing daily physical activity:

Physical Fitness and Health

Health is not only achieved by attaining a good physical condition, but it is complemented by a mental and emotional balance. While doing yoga you will get a great workout and still gain massive amounts of flexibility.

Relief of Tensions

Yoga is a natural method to get rid of accumulated tension on a daily basis, both in the physical and mental body. Postures done in yoga are effective techniques for releasing stress, often manifested as contractors in the neck, back and joints.

Inner Peace

Millions of people yearn to visit serene places and connect with natural beauty. However, they seldom become aware that true peace is found within, by silencing the whirlwind of thought and living in the present moment. Along with meditation, yoga is one of the most effective tools to appease a disturbed mind. In fact, after a series of bodily postures, the mind is quieter and more prepared for meditation.

Strengthens The Immune System

The human being is a perfect combination of body, mind and spirit. Any restlessness present in the mind can manifest itself as a disease in the body. Breathing techniques help to release stress, which results in an improvement in the immune system.  The less stress in your body the stronger your immune system becomes.

Better Flexibility and Posture

A strong, flexible and healthy body is the result of continuous practice. In addition to improving the posture of those who have back problems, yoga stretches, tones and strengthens the muscles of the body.

While daily practice gives immeasurable advantages, it is important to learn and practice the techniques under the supervision of a qualified yoga instructor. If you are thinking of adding yoga to your routine for a sound body and mind, my friends at Downey Yoga offer you an opportunity to tap into the outstanding mental and physical benefits of this practice. Here, you get access to a variety of classes, ranging from beginners to advanced and from non-heated to heated classes; all led by adept instructors, backed up by years of solid experience.

At Downey Yoga, they will provide you with an atmosphere for growth in every aspect of your life, helping you achieve happiness, optimal health and overall well-being.

Thanks for reading,


Author: Eric Escobar


Tips For Beginners

Tips For Beginners

I talk to many people who are very interested in yoga and there’s always this intimidation that goes along with starting a first yoga class. Especially, in a group setting with lot of other people. I listen to concerns like “I’m not flexible”, “I don’t know any of the moves”, “when I get more in shape I will start”. We have been so conditioned to be self critical about things we think we are not good at, so we tend to talk ourselves out of it before we even get start.

One, you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. That would be a reason to start yoga rather than to have as a reason to not. It takes a long time for some to reach the debts of poses and sometime because of our genetics our bodies stop at a certain point and that’s perfectly fine! Two, what a wonderful way to learn something new. Research proves that learning something new is healthy for your mind. It keeps it stimulated and therefore you’re not only work on your physical health but your mental fitness as well. Finally, yoga is for every body. Tall, short, thin, thick, disabled. You can be the fittest or have never been involved in a physical activity in your life. Everyone can do yoga.


Below are some tips for beginners to help get started. I hope you find them useful.


1. Quiet the critics


Yes, that voice in your head that doesn’t know how to stop chatting. It’s that person that you know that doesn’t know when to stop talking and to be nice you listen. However, here you are listing to your own negative thoughts. Maybe this voice is telling you that you are not suited for yoga and that there is no way you will accomplish any of the benefits of yoga. Creating self doubt, fear and judgement towards yourself only pushes your further. Remember, that all are welcomed no matter what level you may be.


2. Invest in a good quality yoga mat


Seems minor, but a good quality mat can change your practice. Sometimes you need a mat that has more grip or more cushion or both! Your yoga mat is an important tool as it identifies the space that you create for yourself and acts as a carpet of cultivation. Weather you are using it to sit and meditate or to land that handstand it’s all an a experience that happens on your mat. There’s nothing wrong with having your yoga mat be a special tool, regardless if it’s a material item. So take your time when shopping for a yoga mat. Ask questions and seek recommendations. Identify what your needs are in a mat and maybe even borrow a friend’s to get a test “drive” in.


3. Balance your yoga postures with relaxation and meditation


We are definitely a society that is constantly striving to “get in shape” and be “fit”. Therefore, many classes can be heavily emphasized on the physical practice. I have also seen students constantly push themselves and wanting more without rest. You need relaxation and you must practice it in order to experience transformation. Becoming mindful of when you to take breaks to relax opens up the opportunity for meditation. This can mean taking a few mindful breaths or watching your thoughts. The goal is to balance the combination of body and mind. Creating inner strength and equilibrium for a sense of well-being.


4. Get on a regular sleeping schedule


This isn’t an easy one, however getting on a regular sleeping schedule helps with your overall well-being. Implementing this as part of your yoga practice allows your mind to become more focused and balanced.


5. Have fun!


Don’t take what you feel challenging in a yoga class too seriously. If you come across a balance pose and you seem to be wobbling around rather than keeping a set stillness, SMILE! LAUGH! And stay present. It’s easy to self judge here but keep an open mind and remember…It’s just yoga.