BY SAMANTHA DIKOLLI
Yoga is more than a buzzword; it’s been practiced for more than five thousand years.
Why has yoga remained a mainstay in our self-care and mindful practices? Research has shown that it has positive benefits including mental and physical health.
You may be familiar with the basic stretching and meditative breathing techniques used during a standard yoga session, but the benefits of yoga go way beyond what you do in just one class.
Physically, yoga can help you become more in tune and connected with your own body:
- Gain greater flexibility
- Increase muscle strength
- Ease chronic back pain and arthritis
- Protect from conditions such as multiple sclerosis
Stress is one of the most common mental health issues of today. Mindful practices such as yoga, however, are an effective tool for stress management. Yoga can help create mental clarity and calmness for the brain, which helps relieve high stress and anxiety levels that are common in day to day life.
Moreover, mindfulness, a mental state focused on controlling your brain in the present moment, can be an invaluable skill for people of all ages. Consistent mindfulness techniques like breath control and centering can help you become more conscious of your emotions and strengthen the connection between your brain and body. School-aged children, especially, can benefit from these practices by learning how to control their emotions and respond appropriately to difficult situations.
Have you considered doing yoga in a planetarium theater? Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is offering four evenings of yoga this month led by local instructors in our GSK Fulldome Theater as a part of our fall event series Yoga Under the Stars.
Our theater provides a unique opportunity to experience a yoga session in a dark room lit only by the stars in the Carolina night sky. What more could you want to help create an atmosphere of pure tranquility?
Would you like to join us? Check out one of the Yoga Under the Stars sessions on Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, and 23. Tickets are still available but are going quickly. Purchase yours before it’s too late, grab your yoga mat, and we’ll see you this month!