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Yoga your way to a healthy mind and body

March 9, 2015

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Sam Chisick is the director of Yoga Public and a yoga instructor. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with an honours B.Sc. in Human Nutritional Sciences.

If you’ve never done yoga, Sam Chisick may just convince you to give it a try.

The director of Yoga Public not only runs the studio but is passionate about teaching classes and practicing yoga herself. She also happens to have a background in nutrition. So basically, if you want to know about health, Sam is a pretty solid bet.

She can also relate to being a student since she was one herself not that long ago.

“I first started going to yoga daily to get away from the stress of school. It made me feel so good..I never stopped!” says Sam. “Eventually, I ended up starting to teach yoga and then helped to open a yoga studio.”

So what’s so good about regularly standing in tree pose or bending over in downward dog? Sam says there are too many benefits to list them all but the most important physical and psychological benefits include:

Psychological

  • better mood
  • greater attention span
  • improved concentration and memory
  • decreased anxiety, depression and stress

Physical

  • muscular strength
  • flexibility
  • decreased pain
  • increased energy levels and endurance
  • normalized blood pressure

She says many people will also gain greater self-acceptance and awareness from practicing yoga. This can be especially beneficial for people with depression who may at times feel disconnected from themselves and others.

“Sometimes its just a matter of taking time for yourself, working with your breath and clearing your mind through silence and movement,” says Sam. “As you re-enter the world after class, you’ll feel more clear, aware and comfortable. I’ve experienced an increase in self-acceptance through yoga first-hand.”

Another great thing about yoga? Anyone can do it.

“There is a suitable class for every type of person — regardless of your age, gender or ability level,” says Sam. “Some classes use yoga as a workout and other classes help you increase flexibility by stretching and then there’s classes that just help you relax and let go. It’s just a matter of finding the class that works for you.”

What benefits have you experienced from doing yoga? Tell us below!