The benefits of yoga are truly infinite. The practice benefits your body, your mind, and your spirit. You will feel the benefits if you are an athlete, if you are sedentary, if you are young, if you are old, if you are under or overweight, if your demeanor is anywhere between calm to stressed out, and so on. Yoga is for everyone. We had to narrow it down otherwise we would be going on for days, but here are a few of what we believe to be yoga’s most important benefits.
For the mind
Most practitioners of yoga are quick to point out that yoga’s benefits go far beyond just the physical level. They can have great positive effects for your mind, specifically regarding your thoughts and emotions. With a dedicated practice, you begin to observe your thoughts and emotions — simply observe — and over time, this gives you more control over your impulses. This ability to distance yourself from your thoughts, emotions, and impulses makes you less likely succumb to those that are unnecessary or harmful, and allows you to live in a more balanced state.
One of yoga’s greatest teachings is to reside in the present moment. The practice encourages you to slow both your body and mind, and this is so important in the increasingly go-go-go rhythm of modern life. When you allow yourself the time and space to slow down and be in the moment, the net effect is that your body and mind feel so good — simultaneously worked and refreshed — that it’s highly likely to become one of those good addictions. If you apply that same mindset to different aspects of your life, you are able to live with more acceptance and gratitude.
The yoga practice is in large part about concentration. There are many ways this is achieved: allowing the mind to wander naturally, but bringing it back gently when it does using a number of methods such as focusing the breath, directing the eyes to a central point, concentrating on a physical posture. Meditation is an important component to the yoga practice, and one that can be mastered over time with — you guessed it — a dedicated practice!
Yoga at Bodhi Shambala
Our teaching methodology
While many yoga teachers and studios focus on the asana practice, at Bodhi, we believe that yoga has so much more to offer than just its physical practice and associated benefits. We know that if you let it, yoga can improve every aspect of your life. However, in order to do so, it’s important to allow the yoga philosophy to guide the practice. For that reason, we study it ourselves as educators in order to be able to share its teachings with our students.
Yoga & surfing, together
There are a great many benefits to practicing yoga and surfing together, which is why we offer both at Bodhi Surf + Yoga! Our Bodhi Sessions surf and yoga camps are designed to merge the two together into what, as it turns out, is a union like no other. We could list all the benefits here, but we actually have an entire page for that!
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