The way we move our bodies takes many forms – for some it is a gentle, relaxing walk, for others it may be a dynamic, challenging fitness classes. While for many this physical rigour provides a sense of balance alongside mood-enhancing endorphins, at Bamford we take a gentler, more nurturing approach to movement. Yoga is a pillar of this approach.
Tone inside and out
Yoga is a holistic form of movement. Not only does it strengthen the body’s frame by stretching and toning muscles and joints, it works our internal organs, glands and nerves, keeping our whole self in radiant health.
Breathing techniques guide you towards taking in as much oxygen as possible. This has a profound effect on the mind making you more calm, poised and centred. Yoga has also been shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Vinyasa or Ashtanga classes, which involve a more vigorous practice, can push your heart rate into the aerobic range, giving it a cardiovascular workout. But even yoga exercises that doesn't get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular health. Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise, giving you improved physical fitness.
Increase mental focus
The positive thinking and meditation inherent in a yoga practice give increased clarity, mental power and concentration.
Naturally we all store toxins in our muscles and joints. These toxins need to be released so that they don’t fester and damage our cells. The forward bends and twisted postures in a yoga practice promotes the removal of toxins by squeezing out through the blood and replacing them with fresh oxygenated blood resulting from all the increased breath work.