At Dancing Through Life, we offer yoga classes alongside our dance classes to give people a valuable opportunity to experience some quiet and a bit of mindfulness in the hustle and bustle of a busy world. We believe that yoga helps foster a healthier, more well-rounded lifestyle. The meditation and mindfulness that find their roots in yoga have received some mainstream press from media outlets like Time and the New York Times.
Ever wonder what exactly mindfulness is? Here is a glimpse at how mindfulness, yoga, and a bit of quiet looks at Dancing Through Life.
Mindfulness and Yoga
Trying to define yoga and mindfulness is difficult, as both have roots and histories that go back thousands of years. Mindfulness is akin to “becoming centered” or “searching within,” and consists of quiet and reflective practice. Routine yoga classes help people find a quiet place that helps guide them through relaxing poses.
Learning poses and holding positions in yoga is only part of the practice. Yoga class leaders often take people through a set of concentration steps that lead to peaceful, calm reflection. Unlike many forms of exercise, yoga offers a quiet, reflective option for people who want to integrate a light workout routine into their schedules.
Yoga, Mindfulness, and Research
Research is pouring in that shows the efficacy of meditation, mindfulness, and practices like yoga. Meditation is healthy for the body and the mind as a stress reliever and a depression panacea. Just thirty minutes of yoga each day helps relax muscles and stretch out joints. Much of yoga is centered around controlled breathing, and that breathing alone offers some pretty impressive benefits.
According to experts at Boston University School of Medicine and McLean Hospital, levels of the brain chemical GAB (a lack of which is associated with depression) can increase by as much as 27 percent. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that yoga practitioners who are usually insomniacs fell asleep 15 minutes faster and even slept an hour longer each and every night after just two months of yoga.
A study in Psychosomatic Medicine even shows that as much as 41% less of a tension-triggering cytokine was eliminated after two years of consistent yoga. As studies show, mindfulness and yoga offers a wide, wide range of health benefits. Enjoy the benefits of yoga with a professionally led class at Dancing Through Life.