The Health Benefits of Yoga | MayoClinic
The potential health benefits of yoga are numerous and may include:
- Stress reduction. With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and toward calm as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration.
- Increased fitness. As you learn and refine new poses, you may enjoy improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
- Management of chronic health conditions. Yoga might help with a variety of health conditions, such as cancer, depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia, by helping with sleep problems, fatigue and mood. Yoga also can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure.
- Weight loss. If you’re overweight or have binge-eating disorder, yoga may help you make the healthy lifestyle changes necessary to gain control of your eating and drop those extra pounds.
While you shouldn’t expect yoga to cure you or offer 100 percent relief, it can help some health conditions when combined with standard treatment. And if you already enjoy good health, yoga can be an enjoyable supplement to your regular fitness routine. - MayoClinic
Some inspiration before I hit the gym…
In your quest for excellence, have you ever found yourself stuck (or worse quitting!) because you just could not figure out how to do something perfect?
Do you wonder what is the difference between the two? Excellence is an attempt to perform a task in the best possible way, whereas perfection is the definite 100% right way of doing anything. Excellence is something that all of us can aspire to ~ Perfection is seldom achievable by mankind.
Another way to think about it: excellence allows for occasional mistakes, yet perfection eliminates that possibility. For example, if I expect perfection from myself, I’ll most likely failevery time!
Have you ever thought about how the two relate in our everyday lives? Perfection is throwing one interception and losing confidence and Excellence is throwing five interceptions, yet coming back to lead your team to victory. Perfection is performance based. Excellence is always based upon improvement. Perfection can make a victory become a failure. Yet, Excellence can turn a failure into victory.
What are some key differences between excellence and perfection:
- Excellence is willing to be wrong. Perfection is being right.
- Excellence is risk. Perfection is fear.
- Excellence is powerful. Perfection is anger and frustration.
- Excellence is spontaneous. Perfection is control.
- Excellence is accepting. Perfection is judgment.
- Excellence is giving. Perfection is taking.
- Excellence is confidence. Perfection is doubt.
- Excellence is flowing. Perfection is pressure.
- Excellence is journey. Perfection is destination.
To best sum it up: Perfection is not a goal, it is a fantasy. Perfection can never be attained. Perfection is not part of our human world. ~ Excellence is attainable, and a very healthy goal for each of us to pursue.
By Christine Casey
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“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.” - Cybele Tomlinson