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Are you weak, apathetic or  spiritless? Do you want to feel invigorated, revitalized and refreshed? How about yoga, then?

This physical, mental and spiritual discipline from India is for people of all ages – whether you’re 7, 17 or 70 yoga can help you improve your strength, endurance and flexibility. It can also teach you to breathe deeply, find peace and tranquility and focus your mind on the inside rather than on what’s going on around you.

The benefits of yoga training are numerous:

  • increases vitality
  • improves sleep
  • corrects body posture
  • reduces stress
  • promotes healthy lifestyle
  • improves balance
  • decreases anxiety and depression
  • boosts immune system
  • lowers blood pressure
  • helps to lose weight
  • maintains good mood and positive thinking
  • increases metabolism
  • improves digestion
  • keeps your body parts in good shape

There are many different types of yoga: hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, ashtanga yoga, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga etc. Everyone can find something suitable for themselves.

What’s more, it can be practiced almost everywhere: at home, at work, in the park, on holidays, on the floor, on a bed, on a chair. You know – if there’s a will, there’s a way.

It is said that yoga is about progress, not perfection and I couldn’t agree with it more.  For me yoga is accepting my limits and imperfections and improving what can be and should be improved. It is making small progress with each practice and challenging myself with new and difficult poses. It is also teaching myself to breathe deeply and consciously allowing my body and mind to relax.

I must admit that there are days when nothing goes right and the poses that once were easy to do, seem beyond my physical abilities. My mind buzzes with million thoughts and I am unable to focus and calm down. At such moments as these I feel disheartened and put off but never to the point of giving up. I know it is good for my body and for that reason I cannot stop.

I hope I have convinced you of the benefits of yoga. So put on your comfy pants, roll out the mat and begin practicing. And stop looking for excuses because it is never too late to start taking care of your physical and mental health. Namaste!

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