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How Yoga Can Help You Focus

Are you aware how yoga can help you focus?  According to Stacey Ross for The Oman Tribune yoga can help to reduce stress through relaxation exercises and encourage mindfulness, living in the present, coordination, your memory and positive thinking which all in turn will help you to focus.

How Yoga Can Help You Focus

STRESS RELIEF: One of the benefits of yoga is that it encourages relaxation and can help reduce the effects of stress on your body. “We live in a modern age where there is a lot of stress. Now stress isn’t a bad thing in itself, but sustained stress, when you don’t actually ever stop, is what’s dangerous,” explains Jaffer. “It’s very important to have a relaxation period at the end of the session as this is a way of recharging your batteries and energising yourself,” she says.

PAIN RELIEF:  Daily exercises of yoga can lower the amount of cortisol in your body and also help ease aches and pains. Many people with very serious diseases have reported less pain after a daily dose of yoga. “The breath is the link between the body and the mind. So through learning to control your breath you can start to control your mind,” explains Jaffer. “Sometimes we do think negatively, so being aware of your thoughts and then learning how to control them is also part of yoga. By doing that it is mind over matter. You can relieve your own pain by doing yoga,” she says.

BETTER BREATHING:  You will learn to take deeper, slower breaths which will help increase your lung capacity and set off the body’s relaxation response; this can be one of the most powerful benefits of yoga. “Breathing exercises are very important because the more oxygen we can get into our bodies, the better every cell in our body will work,” explains Jaffer.

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT: Practised for thousands of years, yoga aims to unite the mind, the body and the spirit. It consists of ancient theories, observations and principles about the mind-body connection and can help you relax even in the midst of the most stressful environments. Daily exercises are a great way to help relieve the stress of the day and can bring a sense of well-being to your life.

“If you’re depressed you may be living in the past and if you’re anxious you may be living in the future. When you do yoga it helps you to focus on the present because you have to be very much in the moment and focus on your breath and posture.

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If these explanations of how yoga can help you focus are not sufficient to entice you to take it up, then I don’t know what will be! It’s an interesting point how better breathing will improve how every cell in our body will work.  And in today’s world it’s too easy to be focused on the future, or to dwell on the past.  Living in the present is so important – we only get one life! On this earth at least.

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