teaching yoga classes as a life choiceBy Kimaya Singh

The way one chooses to earn their living is an important life choice. Most people need to work to support themselves, that’s a given. Not everybody does what they love, though. If you have a passion for yoga and would like to share what you know with others, teaching could be your ideal employment solution.

The health and happiness benefits associated with yoga practice are immense. Whether Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Power, Hot, or Restorative, yoga offers something wonderful to everyone. Yoga practitioners consistently report increased flexibility, better sleep and fewer ailments. People who begin each morning with a salute to the sun tend to feel less stress throughout the remainder of their day.

If you are a yoga teacher or passionate practitioner, you don’t need to be convinced of the mind and body benefits provided by yogic disciplines. If you intend to make yoga instruction your life’s work, you may, however, need to explain the goodness of yoga to others. To assist you with that goal, here’s a little list of the big benefits that can be achieved through the regular practice of yoga:

* Less Stress

* Improved Strength and Flexibility

* Better Posture

* Stronger Bones

* Increased Circulation

* Management of Chronic Conditions

* Fewer Infections

* Less Illness

* Lower Blood Pressure

* Weight Loss

* Heightened Fertility

* Improved Sleep

Of course, it almost goes without saying that less stress is the #1 reason yoga is such a lifestyle improver. People who practice every day do appear calmer and more serene. Truth be told, there are actual medical facts that prove yoga’s stress-reducing and immune-boosting capabilities. In a Yoga Journal report by Dr Timothy McCall, he said that asana and pranayama (posture and breathing) benefit the function of the human immune system, raising and lowering antibody levels when appropriate. A January, 2013 Mayo Clinic article states that regular yoga sessions may help alleviate chronic conditions including pain, insomnia, hypertension and anxiety.

Teaching Yoga is a Wonderful Life Choice

So, you think you might want to be a yoga instructor? That’s a marvelous idea. In today’s modern world, our friends and neighbors need all the stress reduction they can get. An excellent yoga teacher can do much to spread serenity and understanding around this beautiful planet we all share.

References:

Mayo Clinic Staff; Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity; Mayoclinic.org; January 15, 2013; accessed March 4, 2014

Timothy McCall, M.D.; Count on Yoga: 38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit; Yogajournal.com; accessed March 4, 2014

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