My love, my passion, my Vitamin Y. Are you getting yours?
Yes, stretchy ones and those not yet transformed by the limb gymnastics and graceful poses I am talking about the Y word.
The latest research has emerged and while it should come as no surprise to many of us (wry grins are breaking out everywhere)- the research results are exciting!
Since the 1970’s, many studies have been conducted into meditation and other stress reduction techniques to find possible treatments for anxiety, stress, and in some cases depression. Yoga by surprise had received less attention in the medical literature until recent times where it has had increased accommodating use.
For Australia, the participation in yoga statistically was unclear, however, now
Yoga is Australia's fastest growing sporting/fitness activity, with Roy Morgan research showing that one in ten Australians (14+) now do Yoga, up from one in 20 in 2008.1
Yoga, what many think is as simple as an upward dog pose and an awkward, wobbly balance, is an enriching ancient art which harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. Not only has yoga proven to lead to a sense of peace and clarity in one's mind, but it also has resulted in discoveries in longitudinal mental health benefits, weight management and the improvement of respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems (2.
Ladies and gents, In English, yoga is your mind’s food. An ancient art brought to the western world on a silver platter, and it is far from a fad.
As a health enthusiast, I truly believe that yoga is as crucial as vitamin B, fresh air, and clean water. Now we have the science and clinical trials to prove it.
Fifteen years ago I ran an eight-week Yoga Program with young girls. The benefits were extraordinary. I am so pleased that the science behind the mastery of yoga has finally caught up with the knowledge many of us have known for so very long, and I saw proof personally so many years ago.
It is time that we invest in heart and soul, pick up a mat, and join in on the yoga bandwagon to enrich the lives that we lead.
The latest studies show conclusively that practicing yoga has indeed been associated with overall increases in well-being3, quality of life, and decreases in levels of stress. And it only takes a mix of twister and ‘I didn’t know I had a muscle there’ for an hour a week to get these beneficial results.
Not only does yoga help psychologically, but its also proven to associate with body satisfaction and weight management methods.
In 2016 the Australian Research Centre completed a study with the objective to find a link in an association between body satisfaction and weight control with yoga for Australian women.
Of the 8009 34-39 year old women surveyed, the results concluded that ‘Yoga/Meditation users with a healthy BMI appear to be more satisfied with their body weight and shape than non- yoga/meditation users.'
Now I don’t know about you, but I think the positive gains are worth the stretch!
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self,
to the self.”
- Bhagavad Gita
Until next time, Sarah xx
Footnote: (1 Roy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016 n = 50,712 Australians 14+ (2. http://yoga.org.nz 3)