To say that the yoga industry has grown in short period of time is an understatement. The calming practice of yoga has boomed across the globe in a short number of years. There is over 300 million yoga practitioners around the world, and in 4 years the number of Americans practicing yoga has nearly doubled.
So what is the great benefit of yoga?
According to many, the most popular reasons for starting yoga are stress and flexibility related. Yoga is an all-natural approach to wellness and self-healing. With many mental and physical benefits it’s no surprise that there has been a growing acceptance of adding yoga into a healthy lifestyle.
As it turns out there are hundreds of schools and teachings of yoga that can be used for different purposes. Take Rolly Alvarado for example. He is a 34- year old marine veteran that served 2 tours in Iraq. For him returning to civilian life was difficult after his experiences in combat. He found a yoga class, Warriors at Ease at Bella Kai Yoga Studio in Kailua, provided for veterans like himself suffering from depression or PTSD to stretch, focus on breathing and provide peace of mind.
“Going through depression and not being able to sleep and not being able to think correctly — I had just a lot of things going on in my mind,” said Alvarado. “Yoga helped me to start focusing on what’s important now in my life, not to think too far into the future and forget about the past. I started to be more relaxed and better accepting of how things are.”
The incorporation of meditation and breathing can help ease the mind and improve your mental wellbeing. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins, an osteopathic family physician and certified Yoga instructor. “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.” The purpose is not the be the best or perfection, the goal is to explore your limits and get become more aware of your body.