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We all know the benefits of flexibility and good posture but did you know yoga also improves your health in these 5 ways?


1. Builds Needed Muscle Strength

Strong muscles are more than good looking. They protect us from chronic conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help build balance and stability. And when you build strength through yoga, you are also gaining flexibility. If you just go to the gym and lift weights, you may build strength without flexibility.


2. Drains your Lymphs and Boosts Immunity

When you contract and stretch muscles, move your organs, through yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph (a bodily fluid rich in immune cells). This aids the lymphatic system in fighting infections, can destroy cancerous cells, and clear out the toxic waste products of cellular function.


3. Calms your mind.

Yoga quells the fluctuations of the mind, according to Patanjali’sYoga Sutra. In simpler terms, it slows down the mental loops of frustration, rumination, anger, fear, and comparison that can lead to stress. And since stress is connected to so many health problems—from migraines and insomnia to many autoimmune disorders, high blood pressure, and heart attacks—if you learn to calm your mind, you’ll be likely to live healthier longer.

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4. Yoga is the Beginning of a Healthy Lifestyle

Move more, eat less—something that is key to any diet. Yoga can help with both. A consistent Yoga practice gets you moving and burns calories, and the spiritual and emotional connections of your practice could lead you to address any existing eating and weight problems on a deeper level. Yoga may also inspire you to become a more mindful eater (a part of the new Canadian Food Guide).


5. Supports the Bigger Connections

In reading and personally experiencing all the ways yoga improves your health, you probably notice a lot of overlap. That’s because our mind and body are so connected. Change your posture and you change the way you breathe. Change your breathing and you change your nervous system. This is one of the great lessons of yoga: Everything is connected—your hipbone to your anklebone, you to our community, our community to the world. These connections are key to understanding yoga. Yoga is a holistic system that simultaneously taps into many parts of the mind and body that have additive and even multiplicative effects. This synergy may be the most important way of all that yoga benefits your health.


January 27th, 2019

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Mother Daughter Yoga

Mother-daughter duo Julia and Lindsey Gallagher have discovered stillness in yoga.

Julia, a busy mom who suffered from body pain and Lindsey, a 16-year old dancer and student, explain why practicing yoga at Breathe has completely transformed them: body and mind.

Photo by Waverly Wyld

How did you discover yoga?

Julia: It was an incredibly stressful few years so I needed to do something mentally and physically. Yoga just seemed like the logical thing. Because of the stress, my hips were giving me problems, my whole spine, I would have back pain. I was trying to discover what would be gentle but challenging and something mental as well as physical.

Lindsey: My mom. I was excited to do it just because I saw how happy my mom was and how much she talked about it. I was excited to explore different parts of my body and well being and to see what the hype was about. Where’s mom? Oh she’s at yoga.

Photo by Waverly Wyld

How has yoga changed your life?

Julia: The chronic pain in my hips and shoulders is gone. I was having problems walking too. That completely resolved itself within six months and I sleep better. I have better energy through the day. I used to feel exhausted all day. I don’t feel that anymore.

Lindsey: It’s helped me as a teenager. There’s a lot of stress with school, social life…when you’re a teen everything is stressful. Doing yoga and learning how to breathe helps me calm down.

Julia and Lindsey say that practicing mat to mat has brought them closer together.

Lindsey: Practicing with my mom is nice and we’re close. I feel comfortable with her. It’s not embarrassing to me.

Julia: I love it. I think yoga is such a great thing for us to do when we’re not just rushing around. We can take an hour together to enjoy the quiet time.

Julia says her teachers at Breathe have helped her the most in learning how to… well, breathe!

Funny enough, one of the most important things I’ve learned from teachers at Breathe, is to just breathe.  And I pass that along to my dance students.  Focusing on your breath and slowing things down.  I feel very nurtured in Margot’s restorative classes. And as a mom who nurtures 24/7, it’s extremely meaningful to me to take a class that nurtures me.  Also, in so many classes, I feel like I’ve learned the very factual anatomy of the human body and why certain poses do what they do, and how to use that in every day.  I’m kind of an information junky, so I love Suz’s Yin class where I can hold a pose and settle in and listen to her fill the room with knowledge. Lindsey likes Waverly’s Yin class the best. Learning to slow down.  It’s comfortable and relaxing for her, as well as challenging.”

Thank you to Julia and Lindsey for sharing their amazing story. We love having you as part of the Breathe family.

March 22nd, 2018

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