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3 Ways to Take Your Yoga Practice to the Next Level

By Alexis Mills

Whether you are just starting yoga or are a long-time yogi, it takes continual practice to get the most out of the practice. It's an ever-growing process of repeating motions and breathing techniques to achieve harmony between the physical body and spirit. This isn't something that happens overnight, but yoga teaches people to love the process and accept where you are at in this moment.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Keep practicing what you have learned and try to see how you can improve a little each time or get creative and try to practice some new yoga moves. The best part of yoga is that there is always room to grow and learn more with new ideas. Whether you practice at home, with a new yoga teacher, or in a new location, there are so many ways to keep practicing and elevating your yoga experience.

Use Essential Oils 

Essential oils have powerful benefits and effects on our body. By using essential oils in your yoga practice can help enhance the experience and give you therapeutic benefits. If you are practicing yoga at home, using a diffuser is a great option to spread the aroma throughout the whole practice and making your home smell great! If you prefer or are attending a class, you can apply essential oils to the skin with a carrier oil or a diluted blend. Because essential oils are so powerful, it doesn't take much to feel their effects.

See a Chiropractor 

This might come as a surprise to you, but just as athletes benefit from seeing a chiropractor, it can help yogis improve their flexibility and help with restricted movement. Practicing yoga is about being intentional and smooth with your movements, but when you are feeling especially tense it can be difficult to honor that. Both yoga and chiropractic care help with body alignment, strengthening balance, and relieving tense muscles. Getting chiropractic care will help improve what you are aiming for in your practice that much more and protect your body from future injury. By visiting The Joint Chiropractic, you will be improving your body's overall function and help make your yoga practice that much easier.

Remember to take care of and be gentle with your body; yoga is a practice that is in constant growth, meaning that you don't need to perfectly fit the motions in this moment. If you do feel that you have become complacent, don't be afraid of finding some inspirations to try a new yoga style, course, or retreat to further grow and expand your yoga abilities. There are so many ways to keep your yoga practice growing, so keep exploring.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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