Those aches and pains from sitting for too long at a desk or perhaps doing heavy lifting or any type of physical labour (including hoovering!) will soon start to melt with a regular yoga practice. You may not even need that physio appointment when you start to practise regularly (minimum once per week, ideally 2/3 times a week and if you practise most days gets you a gold star). Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa builds both strength and flexibility and I promise it’s not boring. It’s a truly wonderful practice which comes with many benefits including:
Increases energy/reduces fatigue
Relieves physical muscle tension
Releases natural wastes, such as carbon dioxide
Gives the internal organs a gentle massage
Increases the oxygen to all cells
Strengthens the lungs
Slows the heart rate (that’s a good thing,the slower your breathe, the longer you get to enjoy living)
Lowers blood pressure
Increases blood flow to muscles
You may find some of your own benefits too which aren’t listed above as yoga is ultimately a personal experience/practise.
8 weeks to a more stronger, flexible and happier you – backed by research
A University of London study shows that just 8 weeks of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga has significant effects on a practitioners physical and mental health. Charlie Taylor-Rugman, a Pattabhi Jois-Authorised Ashtanga teacher, gathered a sample group of complete beginners and taught them the Ashtanga Primary Series once a week for 8 weeks. Each week students were guided through Sun Salutations, standing postures, then Dandasana, Paschimottanasana and Purvottanasana (Sanskrit names for the postures) and three seated finishing poses and final relaxation. After 8 weeks participants demonstrated significant improvements in upper body and core endurance; trunk and hamstring flexibility; shoulder flexibility and ankle-calf flexibility, as well as a reduction in total body fat percentage. Results also suggested beneficial effects on subjects mental well-being.