Millions marked the International Day of yoga all over the world, with events organized to mark the day. For those who may not know, yoga is a spiritual, physical and mental practice which includes breath control, meditation and adoption of various bodily postures. The practice, originally from India, has been adopted all over the world for its health and relaxation benefits.
While it has gained immense popularity in many countries, Kenyans haven’t embraced it as much. To mark this year’s International Yoga Day, Yululate is giving you both the long term and short term benefits of yoga. We hope to convince you to try it out.
- Improves Flexibility
This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. If you stick with it, you will find that your body is loosening and you will be able to hold even the most complicated poses. Yoga postures also lead to your muscles lengthening which gives the body a longer and leaner look.
- Benefits mood and mental health
Do you ever feel like you live in a world consumed by chaos? Do you feel stressed? You might want to try yoga. It is so much more than working out. Like stated earlier part of it involves breath control and meditation. These allow you to stay still, focus and detach yourself if only for a while from the daily stress. It helps you achieve peace and tranquility. Afterwards, you are guaranteed to view your problems in a different light. Mental endurance is also tested through holding postures for extended breaths.
- Builds muscle strength
Yoga postures such as power yoga requires increased amounts of energy, focus and strength. Not only does it increase muscle endurance, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves are tightened and lengthened over time.
- Improves posture
Yoga enthusiast can attest that bad posture corrects itself over time with Yoga. With yoga, you are more aware of what your body is doing, helping you gain a perfect balance for your body. This reduces and eventually eradicates slumping.
Along with the above benefits, yoga increases blood flow, betters your bone health and helps you sleep better. We hope you will consider it. When you do, here are some places in Nairobi that offer yoga.
The Africa Yoga Project Shine Center is located in Parklands. They offer classes for anyone regardless of fitness level, age, experience or background. Their packages are affordable with the option of taking Saturday community class.
This Westlands based studio consider themselves a movement and are out to find the rhythm of life with yoga and Pilates. Need to relax and work out at the same time? Check them out and let us know what you think about them here.
This fitness center is a modern gym with state of the art equipment. Their team of professional instructors and nutritionists will help you get into yoga and reap the benefits. They are located in Industrial area.
Sani Active is located in Westlands and offers personalized fitness services that include yoga. Get the hang of it with their equipped spin studio and trained and experience fitness and nutrition professionals.
Yoga doesn’t just help you look good, it helps you feel good too. Find many more studios and gyms in Nairobi by browsing through our Fitness and Yoga page. You can also review the ones you’ve been to on our page.
What do you think about yoga? Could you get into it? Let us know below along with suggestions on where to take yoga classes. Happy International Day of Yoga.