According to a Harvard study, people spend 47% of their time worrying about things that aren’t happening, and as a result are less happy because of it. Several recent studies suggest that doing yoga for a few hours each week could help you feel calmer and more balanced, both physically and mentally.
Yoga is unique as it incorporates physical activity, breathing, and deep relaxation. Two other ancient practices – tai chi and qigong – that combine slow, fluid motions with deep breathing seem to offer similar advantages. Deep breathing, a key part of yoga, quiets the nervous system and eases stress.
“As little as 90 seconds of deep, diaphragmatic breathing will initiate your parasympathetic nervous system, which shuts down the stress response by lowering cortisol (stress hormone), heart rate and blood pressure while increasing oxytocin and endorphins (happy hormones),” says Adam Fazlur, the yoga instructor for “Happy Yoga”, an event taking place on the 1st of July at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Lake Lawn.
Although some people still view yoga as a practice reserved for spiritual seekers looking for inner peace, yoga is rapidly being embraced by many Singaporeans as a retreat from their chaotic and busy lives. Open to people from all walks of life, “Happy Yoga”, allows you to connect with nature, the community, and yourself through yoga in the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Grab your mat and gather your family and friends for a fun-filled event on the 1st of July, Sunday!
Sunday 1 July 2018 | 7.30am – 9.00am
Singapore Botanic Gardens Eco Lake Lawn
Free Admission, registration required