So wedding season is well and truly upon us. If you’re in the midst of chaotic wedding planning, then yoga is the PERFECT antidote for you. Here’s 5 benefits of doing yoga on the lead up to your wedding…
1) Breath and Destress
The focus on Ujjayi breathing throughout the practice allows for prana (breath) to flow more freely throughout the body. This encourages better circulation of the blood around the body. A strong focus on breath in yoga allows for a transference of better breathing in our day to day lives. By being able to control the breath in challenging situations on our yoga mat we can transfer that into stressful situations outside of yoga and in our lives – like with wedding planning. The breath is inherent in the practice to allow us to deepen into our asana (postures), extended into our full range of motion and flexibility. During an exhalation the diaphragm pushes up against the heart, slowing down the heart rate. Blood pressure decreases, as does stress on the rib cage, abdominal walls, and intercostal muscles. Relaxation is present.
2) It leaves your body lean and toned
The practice of physical yoga, or asana, works every muscle in your body. It doesn’t just lengthen and strengthen muscles, because of it’s mindful attention to the breath amongst other things it works every single system in your body. So you’re working your body from the inside out. Perfect for your pre wedding bod prep.
3) Decreased Risk of Injury
Yoga allows the body to be more supple, decreasing the risk of injury. Especially important if you’re hard in training for your wedding day.
4) Healing the Body
By stimulating blood flow around the body it can help promote healing in the body as a result of increase blood supply to injured areas.
5) Focus & Time Dedicated to You
Yoga allows us to listen and gaze inwardly towards our body. Yoga allows you to switch off from the distractions, off from the endless wedmin to do lists. From the moment you step on your mat you can think of it as a safe space to switch off from lifes distractions and switch on to some self love and attention. You can’t pour from an empty cup – your cups likely to be running low on the wedding lead up. By factoring yoga into your schedule you know that no matter what you have dedicated time to listening to your body and stilling my mind.
Where to Start?
You don’t have to even go to classes – although this can really help when you start up. There’s a whole host of yoga videos available on the internet. Even if you start with a 10 minute one a couple of times a week it’s something.
If you’re a complete newbie to yoga then check out my “Yoga Teachers Guide for Beginners in Class” post which will help give you an idea of what to expect in class. You can also see my tips on training for your wedding day in my article for Wedding Ideas Magazine here.
Above all enjoy it, it’s THE most magical time of your life. Good luck with planning and the lead up. Let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to help!
Sending health & happiness,