Yoga, while an ancient practice, is much more than just a series of postures done while wearing stretchy pants!

Yoga is a practice that encompasses an entire way of life and can be practiced in a number of ways. While every practice is unique there are some amazing benefits to the practice of yoga that reach far beyond movement on the mat.


For many people the only yoga that they know is the movement focused classes they attend in studios and gyms around the world. Yoga and more specifically asana is just one limb of an eight limb path that guides and directs practitioners to an overall lifestyle change.

Meditation and Mindfulness Yoga

The benefits extend far beyond physical movement. Through incorporating meditation and mindfulness into everyday practice, the brain gains massive benefits! Increasing not only concentration but grey matter in the brain as well. These benefits are far reaching and help you out not only while you are on your mat but across every facet of your life.

Community Building

While your practice belongs to you and you alone, yoga is a great place to meet like minded people. Building a strong community has been proven to benefit overall health, wellness, and ageing. Building community also helps us to understand the interdependence that we have as human beings, this knowledge helps to view everyone you encounter with a new level of compassion.

Yoga Discipline

Practicing requires a strong level of commitment. Making the decision to get on your mat day in and day out is a decision that requires discipline. That discipline translates outward into other aspects of life very quickly and easily. You may even find that your regular yoga commitment leaves you feeling ready to take on even your least favourite tasks.

Self Awareness

Yoga is an incredibly introspective and personal practice. Spending any amount of time on the mat will force you to reconcile with what arises in your mind. You may even begin to notice that the same thing keeps coming up as if it is insisting you deal with it. This time helps you to create a very deep level of self-awareness and self-inquiry.

Kindness and Compassion

It has been said that if you can not first treat yourself with kindness you will not be able to treat others with kindness. The practice of yoga allows you to practice kindness and compassion towards yourself. In being able to do this you will be more likely to approach those around you with that same level of kindness and compassion.

Digestion Benefits

All that moving and twisting will add some serious benefits to your digestive system. Kicking your digestion into high gear will ultimately make you more aware of how the food you eat affects your body. This awareness may cause you to change your eating habits or opt for foods that are generally better for

While asana and regular movement focused activities are great for the physical body, yoga as a lifestyle practice has incredibly far reaching benefits. Each time you undertake a practice you will be walking a the path to a better life off the mat.

Yoga truly does exhibit a butterfly effect on life, each move creates a small wave of change that will have far reaching consequences throughout every aspect of your life. So tune in and see if you can find more from your yoga practice than the postures.

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Inspired With Life

Meditation and yoga have been a subject matter which I have been practicing on a daily basis for several years now.

I came about this through a life changing accident in New Zealand in 2010 this changed my way of thinking and has led me on the spiritual path.

You can read about my personal experience here >

Anyone can learn to connect with their soul if they put some time into the practice. This is something you can do in your own meditations but just be aware that it gets easier with practice and you will get better at it with meditative practice, so don’t be discouraged if you are not successful in the beginning of doing this. I wasn’t very effective in the beginning either. You start by getting in a good quiet state of meditation where you feel internally connected with your inner being.

Once you understand that your life at this moment is part of a much larger continuum than the few decades you will inhabit this body, you open yourself to the high calling and noble journey of cooperatively joining with your soul in its evolution.