Here Are the Top 5 Benefits That Mindful Movement and Mindful Breathing Offer:Read on to explore the top five benefits as to why we do these practices and what they can offer you in your yoga practice. And learn how to carry these skills off the mat and into your daily life.
1. Connect You to YOUYoga is a time when you can step out of the matrix of daily life and sit deeper in your own world. It’s a time where to-do lists and the chatter of the mind rest for an hour or so and we can dive deep into what we actually feel, and where we feel it. To do this might be a little more challenging than it first appears. But it does become a lot easier when the mind is focused on what is important in your yoga practice: your movement and your conscious breathing. Most yoga practices will begin with pranayama or breathing exercises. This is done intentionally to connect you to your breath, and then into your body when you begin your movement practice. What Is Pranayama and What Are the Main Benefits? Here’s Your Quick Guide It’s a wonderful way to experience the self and be able to align more closely with what your body really needs.
2. Have a Safer PracticeSometimes in our yoga practice, the ego steps in and decides that we can do things outside of our range. But this is actually the opposite of yoga. Modern yoga has us convinced that the only way we are “true yogis” is when we can put our feet behind our head – but that is in no way true. Yoga doesn’t demand things of the body, but rather invites us to stretch and bend ourselves in sometimes quite unusual and new ways. And occasionally, yes, that is putting your feet behind your head, but it’s also – and more commonly – sitting quietly in simple movements or no movement at all.
Yoga doesn’t demand things of the body.True yoga comes from the knowledge of limits within our bodies. So when we incorporate mindful movement into our practice – when we are able to sit presently with our body and its limits and capabilities on that particular day – we can avoid overstretching, injury, and unnecessary stress. This also creates safety in the mind. When we begin to step further away from the “have tos” and “shoulds” that the narrative of the ego tells us, we connect more deeply to our inner knowing. In doing this, we create a safe space for our bodies to exist in exactly the way we are that day, promoting a safe inner dialogue and positive self-talk. How Would Your Highest Self Speak? Why You Need to Practice Ahimsa Through Positive Self-Talk
3. Align With the Three Core Elements of YogaYoga is not just about wearing cute leggings and doing a few Sun Salutations. Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the physical practice of yoga. However, if we’re simply moving with no connection to body or breath, we are just doing exercise and not honoring the true lineage and practice of yoga.
The three core elements of yoga are breath, body, and mind. When one of these aspects is missing, we’re also missing the point of yoga.It’s only when we align with our body and its movements, breathing while moving, and also being present, that we are truly doing yoga. This provides an experience much richer than just moving around on a mat and the benefits you will feel are far greater because you’re truly stepping into the traditions of the ancient practice of yoga.