Take a break from the stress of life and join us for a special weekend of life balancing experiences. On October 23rd and 24 the enjoy two nights of lodging, morning and evening yoga, a wellness wine dinner and more! Breathe in the beautiful Minnesota air and enjoy stunning lake views. This wellness retreat will allow you to sit back, relax, and find your inner peace.
Whether you’re a yogi expert or never set foot on a mat in your life there are many benefits to doing yoga.
1. Reduces Stress
Feeling stressed? According to the Mayo Clinic, many studies have shown that doing yoga can help reduce anxiety and stress. When you’re focused on flexibility and balance you are automatically shifting your energy from the stress of the day. Yoga helps to keep you present and aware of your mind and body.
2. Builds muscle and mind strength
Building muscle strength can help prevent diseases such as arthritis and back pain, according to an article from YogaJournal.com. When you are building strength through yoga you are also improving your flexibility, which translates to inner strength. As your muscles get stronger, your mind also gets stronger and with each new pose mind and body strength is increased.
3. Makes you happier
Implementing an intention for your practice will bring your mind outside of yourself and allow you to focus on the bigger picture. Just centering your mind and focusing on your breathing leaves you feeling refreshed, relaxed and happier. At the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson, Ph.D. found that the left prefrontal cortex showed heightened activity in meditators. Over time that heightened activity strongly correlates with greater levels of happiness and energy.
4. Encourages a healthy lifestyle
When you take care of your body through peaceful exercise you will want to take care of your body in every aspect of life, not just your yoga practice. Yoga can help you focus on moving more, eating more fruits and vegetables, and becoming more conscious of what you put into your body.
5. Improves balance
Balance is important in all aspects of life, not just yoga. Throughout your practice you will work on not only physical balance but also mental balance. Yoga pushes you out of your comfort zone and helps you reflect on what is challenging in your life, both physically and emotionally. Once you are aware of what your struggles are it will be much easier to find balance and stability to work through them.
6. Helps you Focus
Do you ever feel distracted or lose your train of thought? Yoga will bring your mind and body to the present moment. With each pose you will focus on your body, your posture and how your muscles move with each other. The goal is to be aware of your body. It doesn’t matter how flexible you are or what different poses you can do. All that matters is that you are aware of how your muscles feel and what your body needs.
7. Boosts your immune system
According to Yogajournal.com meditation has the strongest scientific support when it comes to your immune system. Meditation helps to control when the immune system needs to be active (raising antibody levels in response to a vaccine) and when it should be lowered (mitigating an inappropriately aggressive immune function in an auto immune disease). All around meditating helps your body become more aware of itself and what it needs.
8. Helps you get a better nights sleep
All exercise can tire your body out but yoga allows your system to find rest and peace during the practice, not just after. When you allow your body to reflect on the work it just did, it fuels your body up to get through the rest of the day. Once you hit that pillow your body will fall right asleep and you’ll be less overwhelmed with the day’s struggles. A better nights sleep means more energy to bring on the next day.
9. Builds relationships
Growing physical strength will help you gain emotional strength as well. When you let love, light and happiness come into your life you will project those same feelings to others. Yoga can aid in healing, forgiveness and compassion, which are all important factors in any relationship. Yoga can also spark up conversation! You can invite your friends and loved ones to join your practice and it can turn into a regular bonding activity.
10. Encourages self care
Practicing yoga helps you focus on what your body needs. No matter what your goal or intention is in yoga, it’s about self-progress and achieving what you want at your own pace. Yoga can help you find inner strength and power to achieve things you never thought you could. You make your practice your own and through each new pose or stretch you will find a deeper connection to your mind and body.
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