6 Reasons to Celebrate Yoga this National Yoga Awareness Month


Indian lady doing yoga at home to celebrate national yoga awareness month

What is National Yoga Awareness Month?


Since 2008, September has been known as National Yoga Awareness Month (thank you, America!). The National Institute of Health set it up to help promote yoga and all the wonderful benefits that it can bring to our minds, bodies and lives. So, if there’s a good time to celebrate yoga, it may as well be now!


6 Reasons to Celebrate Yoga


Yoga helps you to:


1. Feel better


Yoga helps us to feel better in our bodies and minds. Yoga means ‘union of body and mind’ and it does just that. There are different elements of yoga and the physical practice is just a part of a much greater whole. But whatever your practice looks like, it’s likely you’ll experience immediate benefits that help your body and mind to feel better.


For me, whether it’s an asana practice, a dose of yoga philosophy or sitting in meditation, it always helps to ground me, and to get me out of my head and into my body.

2. Move better


By becoming better connected to all the different parts of our bodies, this in turn helps us to treat ourselves a little kinder and move with more ease and grace. So often, we are busy trying to do a hundred things at once, and this pushing and forcing can cause us to hurt ourselves. How many times have you stubbed your toe or knocked your arm or shoulder on something when you’ve been in a rush?


Yoga teaches us to slow down and move a little more mindfully.

3. Rest better


When we start to feel better in our bodies and minds, it can become a little addictive. Life becomes quieter and slower and this encourages us to take more rest. We start to notice the small things, like when you’re becoming irritable or tired, or stress and tension is starting to creep in. These things may have been normalised by our society, but they aren’t normal, and they are signs and symptoms that you need to take a break. Whether that be a cup of tea, a warm bubble bath, or just sitting idly and watching the clouds go by.


Find ways to fill up your tanks whenever you notice them depleting.

4. Digest better


When we slow down and better connect to our bodies and minds, it gives our nervous system the chance to take a break. You’ve probably heard of the idea of fight or flight and rest or digest. The former occurs when the sympathetic nervous system is activated, often associated with living with stress, tension and resistance. You are in a state of high alert and sure you can run away from a sabre toothed tiger, but you certainly can’t begin to digest your lunch! Rest and relaxation helps our nervous system to shift to the parasympathetic side.


This is where your body starts to heal, to digest, and to regenerate.

5. Relate better


A key element of yoga philosophy is that when we start to take care of ourselves, we are in a much better position to begin to take care of others.


A happier, healthier you, will experience greater compassion and gratitude, which in turn will lead to better relationships.

These relationships may be romantic, but can also be with your children, other family members, friends, work colleagues and even just people you pass by on the street.


6. Work better


A lot of the physical yoga postures that are practiced in an asana class can be categorized as jnana poses - these relate to things like balance, stretching of the spine and twists. By doing these postures we are stimulating chemicals in our brain which help us to be more focused, they lead to increased productivity, motivation and creativity. So, whatever your work, yoga will help!


Sounds perfect, how can I celebrate?


Join a yoga class


Join us at The Frog Project. An international online yoga community of wonderfully warm teachers and students, all with the same goals as listed above.


If even one of our 6 reasons resonates with you, then why not give it a shot.

Whether you’ve been practising for years, or maybe haven’t practised for years, or maybe your brand new - there’s no better time to step onto your mat than right now!


Practice along with a yoga video


There are plenty of good free yoga videos online, and often a way that beginners of yoga start to familiarise themselves with some of the postures. Take a moment to notice how you’re feeling right now, decide how long you have free (even just 10 minutes is great) and select a video that seems to jump out at you!


Get down on the floor and move how it feels good for your body to move


If you know a few poses (or even if you don’t), it really can’t hurt to get down on the floor and move a little. Move mindfully and in line with your breath. As you breathe in, reach up tall and as you breathe out, soften a little, let go, and let your body melt forward.


Breathe in to stretch up and out, breathe out to soften and relax.

Simple rules to go a long way!


How are we celebrating?

Here at The Frog Project we’re offering a whopping 50% off your first 3 months membership for all new members. Valid from 27.09.21-11.10.21.


If you're not a member yet, and fancy dipping your toe in, why not try our Live Online Yoga classes, bringing you accessible yoga for all, from our living room to yours? Sign up now for 15 days of free unlimited classes. Enter the code THREE4THIRTY and get 50% off your first 3 months, that's just £10/month.





 





Carrie Froggett


Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.




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