Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 1: The Benefits

Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 1: The Benefits


My name is Tanynya Hekymara and I will be
your yoga guide. I’ve been teaching yoga for over 10 years. This first entry, I want to tell you a little
bit about myself and how I got involved with yoga, why it’s important to me. I call it my yoga story. So, as a yoga guide, I’m often asked what
the benefits of yoga are. And the answer is both simple and complex. Most situations call for a laundry list of
sorts, a list of the benefits. And other situations call for more in-depth
conversations about yoga and the benefits. So the purpose of this blog series is to give
you some asanas, which are physical movements, to help you to increase your physical wellbeing. I will also be giving you some meditation
tools and I will give you some breathing techniques. So that’s the purpose of what we’re doing. My hope is that it will raise questions and
will encourage you to do more research into yoga. So, my why do it story, why do yoga, it is
a two part story. And the first part is that I’ve always been
a very physical person. So, I was an athlete, a gymnast and a dancer,
and I did that for a very long time. And so as I aged and I stopped performing,
I looked for ways in order to keep that physical activity going. I mainly did that through hiking. I still wasn’t fully satisfied. The second part of my story is the more spiritual
part of it. And my father and my brother both died in
40 days of each other in one year, and a friend of mine came to my door and invited me to
go to the gym, which I was resistant to because I’ve always done outdoor activities and I
have always been a performer, so there was a purpose to my physical activity. So I finally said yes and I went to yoga class. And in that yoga class during that period
of my life, I realized that this was going to help me get through this. And it became a very strong marriage between
myself and yoga. The mindful part of it, the being still, paying
attention to my breath, slowing down, and the physical activity was great for me. And I just never stopped after that. It helped me through my toughest year and
I became a teacher shortly thereafter. I took a class and then I got my first yoga
class of my own. So, in terms of the benefits that I’ve gained
from yoga, some of them I’ve already listed. So, taking a moment to be quiet and taking
that hour to hour and a half for myself, so the meditation portion of it. The physical activity, being able to utilize
my strength and being able to utilize my flexibility and to be able to keep those as I grow older
have been huge benefits. Injuries are healed much more quickly. I get injured less. I alleviated many of the monthly pains that
women have. It reduced my headaches. When I do yoga practice it stimulates better
sleep for me. And it eliminated my foot pain. So, I wore, you know, lots of shoes that I
probably shouldn’t have, and it eliminated my foot pain. It intensified my immunity and it also helped
my core strength. So, as you review the composition of your
life, consider whether or not you believe that yoga will be beneficial to you. And if you do believe it will be beneficial
to you, be sure to talk to your doctor and find out whether or not you’re ready for yoga
practice, and find out if there are any restrictions that you may have. So, I’m going to sign off for now. And I look forward to seeing you next time. Thank you for joining.