How yoga can transform your life
Grace member, Yoga Teacher and Health Coach, Yohanna Mannelqvist, experienced burnout after pushing her body to its limits to reach her ”dream”. Through yoga practice, she managed to transform her life. Yohanna recounts her journey from burnout to bliss, a transformation story to reinvigorate your own yoga practice.
“Yoga came into my life eight years ago. My life in London was hectic and I was constantly working, training, traveling, partying and socialising. My mother suggested that I try yoga to see if it could help me slow down. Although I was living my “dream life”, I started feeling empty inside. I developed sleeping problems, felt exhausted constantly, felt anxious, experienced digestive problems and became underweight. Eventually, I hit burnout and decided to change the rythm of my life. I reduced my workload, started reading self-help books, went to therapy, changed my eating habits and practiced yoga daily to heal my body. After each yoga session at Grace, I felt more relaxed and in tune with myself. Yoga helped me recover from exhaustion but also brought clarity and purpose to my life.
Eventually, I left my life in London to go on a soul-searching trip around the world. I felt the urge to explore yoga deeper which lead me to my first yoga teacher training. Once the training was completed, I traveled to Tulum with a one-way ticket and decided to make it my home.
My yoga practice reminds me of what is important to me. It keeps me grounded and brings me to my authentic self. My daily practice reminds me to choose love over fear and transform emptiness to fullness of spirit.”
5 ways yoga can change your body & life
- Yoga increases your flexibility
Regular yoga practice increases blood flow in your muscles which reduces joint pain and improves range of motion. Over time, yoga can also help improve your body alignment resulting in better posture.
- Yoga builds muscle strength
Strong muscles protect our bodies from arthritis and bank pain.Studies have shown that yoga reduces the risk of falls in the elderly and for people with Parkinson’s disease.
- Yoga reduces blood sugar
As yoga reduces stress levels, it makes us feel good overall and in turn encourages healthy eating habits. Additionally, it helps regulate your blood sugar levels.
- Yoga boosts immunity
When stretching muscles, your organs move around as you come in and out of yoga postures and this increases the drainage of lymph. This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells and dispose the toxic waste.
- Yoga reduces stress
Stress has a physical effect in the body and can lead to metabolic dysfunction, anxiety, depression and other chronic health problems. Yoga practice, meditation and slow breathing can help minimise stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga will improve your digestive system, and boost your immune system.