Yoga has somewhat of a stigma attached to it, conjuring up visions of sitting around with a bunch of hippies folding your legs in uncomfortable ways.
In reality, this couldn't be further from the truth.
Yoga helps to centre your mind, body, spirit and energy, helping you to reach your peak performance and subsequently improve grades.
You wouldn't normally think to put yoga and studying into the same sentence, however, it's no secret that the mental and physical exertion of yoga can directly contribute to improved mental concentration and focus.
Essentially yoga has a biochemical effect which resembles that of anti-depressants. From reduced adrenaline and dopamine production to increased oxytonic hormone (all of which aid in calm and clarity), yoga has many more beneficial effects than those present on the surface.
Right, now everybody get into the lotus position...
Confidence Building In this day and age there's a lot to feel self conscious about! Whether you're not getting the grades you want or are always getting it in the neck from your tutor, our self confidence is constantly at risk.
The holistic principles of a yogic lifestyle help to foster a healthy attitude and positive wellbeing by strengthening the mind and body through controlled physical and mental exercises, which help us to restore and develop belief in ourselves and our capabilities.
Carol Rossi, a well-known and respected yoga instructor based in LA says, "The practice of yoga poses is a mirror for the practice of life. Over time you will find yourself more confident in situations off the mat." Stress Busting If there is anything yoga is famous for, it's stress busting! Sky-high stress has become something of an epidemic in our society, so it's no surprise to see a surge in yoga's popularity during recent years.
A 2009 study carried out by Harvard Medical School examined how the emotional impact of yoga could better help people handle stressful situations. Research showed that regular practice helped to reduce performance anxiety and improve mood of young professionals in high stress situations.
Mental Clarity Yoga is ideal for focusing the mind on the task ahead. By using a combination of breathing and relaxation techniques to centre yourself, you'll see off any competition and never miss a deadline again.
Through the practice of yoga you will open your lungs and raise your heart rate, which will in turn carry oxygen to your brain much more freely allowing you to awaken your creativity and reach your full working capacity.
Summing It All Up Student wellbeing is of paramount importance, and whether it's the downward dog or the flying crow, you're sure to reap many benefits from practicing yoga on a regular basis.
It is also important to note that yoga is not just for women, far from it! Guys listen up, yoga can not only help to improve your postgraduate grades, it can also make you stronger, faster and more capable in your own body.
So now you know the how and why, what are you waiting for? Get yourself signed up for a yoga class today. You'll thank us for it!