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Benefits beyond the mat

Most of you, my friends, know that much of my training takes place in the weight room. I do love lifting, and I enjoy running too ( in the sunshine )… but that’s about it for my current workout routines.  This routine started for me about two years ago. Previously I taught classes five days a week. Spinning, bootcamp, bodypump, high intensity training, xco, aerobics, steps and… YOGA.

Last weekend I decided to join my friend’s yoga class. I was concerned that my flexibility might have dissapeared and that it would be hard for me to relax . I am a very energetic person, as you all know, and in my busy life I find it quite difficult to give my body (and very importantly my mind) some rest. Surprisingly, my body hadn’t forgotten everything and after the class I felt completely reborn. Best of all that night I slept without waking up, which I haven’t done for a long time. Typically, I wake up around 4 am or 5 am every night so this for me was pretty unique.


The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body and it lowers your blood pressure and your heart rate. It is a mind-body practice, considered one of many types of complementary health approaches. It helps you to achieve peacefulness of body and mind which can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety.


Yoga has many styles and intensities and determining which one is right for you is all about personal preference. I recommend you start with Hata Yoga if you are a beginner. Hata Yoga is a good choice if you are dealing with stress because the pace is slower and the movements are easier.

It is believed that breathing exercises center the body and the mind, signifying overall control and energy. In yoga, having control over breathing allows the body to relax and the mind to focus, allowing one’s overall mental well-being to be aligned. Controlled breathing can also help reduce stress and anxiety. In this way, yoga is often recommended to those who suffer from depression or anxiety, as yoga can help to lessen and better manage symptoms.


Hata Yoga is centered around the core components of posture (through posing), breathing and relaxation:

  • Poses are designed to improve balance and flexibility. There are many different yoga poses, some strengthen the body’s core and some stretch and strenghten the back.
  • Breathing exercises center the body and the mind, signifying overall controll and energy. Having control over breathing helps your body to relax and very important the mind to focus. It can help you reduce stress and anxiety. This is why I reccommend yoga to those who suffer with depression or anxiety.
  • Relaxation; learning how to meditate can benefit those who suffer with insomnia (as I do) or anxiety attacks.

So, my message to you is to find a yoga class nearby, switch off your phone, and experience it yourself.
For my followers in the Netherlands ( Limburg ) please join a class at Yoga by Lot 


Simoneolivia x


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