Considering Yoga For The New Year?

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 Only when we deepen our appreciation of ourselves, and what we have to offer, can we begin to truly appreciate and truly support and love another. When you begin a relationship with someone it is the relationship with your self that continues to deepen as you learn to share your space with a partner. Ravi Singh

If you live on this planet then no doubt you’ve heard the good word, “yoga” which simply means; to unite the mind, body and spirit.  Achieving this union allows you to connect with your inner self, leading to a sense of contentment and tranquility. Despite yoga’s approximate 5,000 year old age, the yoga craze has hypnotized the nation, perhaps the world and doesn’t seem to be losing momentum. This is probably a good thing; considering life’s insane demands and the daily trauma and drama around the world . Like I said, if you live on this planet and you’re somewhat tuned in, certain realities of our highly stressed-out world are inescapable.  But, there is hope for equanimity and peace within.

Based on my personal experience of practicing and teaching yoga, this ancient, though modernized moving and breathing system has provided a respite of peace, relaxation and improved health for hundreds of thousands of people, globally. If you are in search of something new and wonderful to enhance your life – meditate on this;  give yoga a try.

There are many styles of yoga and meditation. One is not better than the next. Although, you can be sure there’s a yogi lurking out there (maybe even living next door to you…) that will try to convince you otherwise. Ignore them, it’s all good! Just drive to the closest yoga studio and take a gentle or intro class. Karma Yoga in Bloomfield, Mi. offers gentle and beginning yoga classes everyday. Check out there schedule here. If you prefer practicing yoga at home than get online and type the words; YOGA AT HOME. It’s that simple. No need to make it complicated. Isn’t that the point or part of the point?  You deserve an opportunity to get out of your head, stop thinking for awhile and feel the joy and peace inside of you. It does exist!

My favorite online yoga website is; I recently gave my daughter a 3 month subscription (only $9.95 a month) and she loves it! So, come on, take a break from life’s stressors and try yoga. It may be the only one you get next year.  Sounding Cliche? Perhaps, but try it anyway!  Have a wonderful New Year!  With love, Allison

Below you will find a list of yoga benefits for more inspiration:

Yoga’s Physical Benefits

Accelerates weight loss by increasing the CALORIES you burn.

Increases metabolic rate.

Decreases body fat percent.

Increases mobilization and utilization of fat as a fuel.

Builds lean muscle mass which is metabolically active.

Improves muscle tone, agility and flexibility.

Strengthens bones, ligaments, and tendons.

Increases adherence to your nutritionally balanced diet.

Yoga’s Physiological Benefits

Cleanses, detoxifies and brings nutrients to all your vital organs.

Improves circulation of oxygen and nutrients to active muscles.

Decreases resting heart rate.

Increases heart and stroke volume and cardiac output.

Increases total blood volume and oxygenates the blood.

Increases maximum oxygen consumption and ventilation.

Increases lung capacity as well as opens and aerates the lungs.

Reduces blood glucose.


Increases HDL, good cholesterol.

Decreases LDL, bad, and total cholesterol.

Helps prevent CAD, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, and improves arthritis.

Balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

Helps to regulate and balance hormones.

Improves the function of sexual organs.

Lengthens life.

Yoga’s Psychological Benefits

Decreases clinical symptoms of anxiety, tension, and depression.

Builds self-confidence.

Increases awareness, alertness and brain function.

Cleanses and purifies the mind and intellect.

Reduces stress.

Improves the quality and lengthens your life.

Improves total well-being emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Yoga will open your heart to the gifts of deeper love

 As you learn to pay attention to the “perfection” of others, you become increasingly aware of the subtle ways you affect your relationships and the way they affect you. Yoga, as in relationships, is all about taking personal responsibility, being proactive without aggression and doing less to get more. 

Ravi Singh

As you can see the benefits of yoga are numerous and wonderful! Keep in mind the joys of yoga are best experienced through a regular practice! Whether at home or close to home – give yourself a chance to feel amazing!

With love and gratitude, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year filled with love, peace and joy.   Allison

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  1. As always, beautiful. Happy New Year’s to everyone at askinyourface!

  2. Thanks Allison! I just signed up for my 2nd 5 week class. I went from a nonbeliever to a yoga lover in just my first class. After just 5 sessions I can’t believe the difference it has made and anxious to get started back up again tomorrow!

    • Beth – This is such wonderful news – I’m so excited for you! Keep me posted about your progress. Perhaps, you’ll consider writing about your yoga journey? We would love that! Happy New Year! xoxoxo

  3. Renee Bledsoe says:

    Hi Allison,
    I was wondering if you could point me to the resource you used to compile your benefits list. Is there a master list and is this put together by credible research?
    Thank you!

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