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Yoga is a mind-body practice combining physical poses, controlled breathing and meditation to help people relax, clear the mind and alleviate stress. It has the ability to improve different aspects of an individual.
Yoga has many styles and intensity levels that can be based upon the individual or group practicing. Hatha Yoga is ideal for beginners because the poses are simple and a good starting point. This style may be beneficial to students struggling with stress management. It has a slower pace and easier movements to suit beginners and keep them relaxed.
When practicing yoga in the comfort of one’s home, the individual is in complete control. Rather than holding poses for a certain amount of time, beginners may wish to hold the poses for a specific number of inhalations and exhalations. By doing so, they will be able to hold each pose at their own pace.
During the meditation aspect, one may wish to incorporate a guided imagery. This gives people the opportunity to relax and explore their imagination to find places that are comforting to escape to when stressed. Guided imagery scripts can be found online but it is recommended to try to create one at some point so it is more beneficial to each individual’s preference.
People of all skill and intensity levels will be able to see and feel the benefits of yoga. Yoga has an influence on the mind and body in a positive manner.