What can yoga do for you?

13268372_10209956273091979_8407451824157635338_oNow that the fresh warm air of summer is surrounding us in Milwaukee, it is time to take advantage of the weather. The Marquette University Employee Wellness Program wants to help you out with that. We have created a summer-long outdoors yoga class right here on Marquette’s campus.

Yoga is a type of meditating physical activity that helps an individual strengthen balance and unity between the body, the mind and the spirit. Through poses and other postures, yoga has lots of mental, physical and spiritual benefits to offer. The best part of yoga is that it is basically an exercise of focused relaxation.

With a professional yoga instructor leading our classes, you would be surprised by the different long and short-term benefits that you will experience through this weekly practice.

Although yoga has handfuls of different benefits to reap, these are some of the pluses that I don’t think can go unmentioned.

Sleep better – Yoga allows you to hit the hay without the tension and stress from the day. Even a morning yoga session can help you sleep better the following night. The practice helps you clear your mind, manage stress and be able to all-over just relax more effectively. So if restlessness is a major issue in your life, make it a thing of the past wit some weekly yoga.

Calm stress through breathing – When the craziness of life hits the fan, it is easy to be so caught up in the intense moment that we let stress overtake our bodies. This wears us out and, honestly, I’ve never heard anyone say that stress feels good. Yoga has a unique way of teaching us how to focus on our breathing to stay calm and focused. Keeping up with focused breathing can help release tension in your muscles and also allow you to work more effectively.

Negate soreness – A good stretch helps loosen the body’s muscles and tendons. If you are sure to stretch often, especially through yoga, your daily activities and exercises can become less of a chore because they won’t have you feeling sore days on end.

Prevent injury – The number one way to get a muscle injury is going pulling or straining a muscle. These injuries are also really time-consuming to recover from and can put any active person on the bench for weeks. Yoga offers simple but multi-functional stretching techniques that allow your body to move with the exercise you are performing, rather than tearing at tight muscles. Yoga can also prolong the life of your joints by helping to loosen and stretch the tendons that hold your bones together. This helps you move more easily and with less resistance.

Clearly yoga really does not have much of a down side. To get involved in MU’s outdoors summer yoga classes, sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-summer-yoga-registration-tickets-25680448914

Registration is open after the classes start still. All you have to do is contact Kristin Kipp at kristin.kipp@marquette.edu. The classes run every Wednesday from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting June 22 in the green space by the Joan of Arch Chapel on Marquette’s campus. The last class will be held on August 10.

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