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Russell Jack, Southland Yoga Teacher, Comments on Why a Yoga Practice Increases Longevity

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Yoga and mindfulness teacher from Southland, Russell Herbert Jack, breaks down why adding a consistent yoga practice to any daily routine will increase longevity.

Press Release Network, December 17, 2020: Russell Herbert Jack is a yoga instructor and mindfulness teacher in Southland, New Zealand. He left environmental sciences studies at the University of Otago to pursue his passions as a mindfulness and yoga teacher and now specializes in Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong, and guided meditations.

Vinyasa yoga or flow yoga heightens consciousness by moving from one position to another seamlessly, using breath. Just like Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong has many healing properties to the body, mind, and spirit. Russell Jack strongly believes in the power of yoga and how its practices increase longevity.

One of the most significant benefits that yoga brings is that it embraces and encourages a healthy lifestyle around self-care. A key to living a long life is taking care of the body, mind, and soul, which involves a healthy diet and daily exercise. While adapting yoga into their daily routine, most people will find that dedication to bettering a physical practice usually ties into wanting to fill up the body with energy-boosting, nutritional, healthy food.

A healthy diet runs parallel with yoga, as this exercise improves digestion. Specific yoga poses like the twisting asanas activate the digestive tract leading to enhanced digestion. Yoga assists with healthy digestion by prompting the body to flow and move in directions that smooth the path of food and waste as they travel through the bowels. Other advantages that healthy digestion offers include a lower risk of colon cancer and digestive tracks diseases.

For those who struggle with lack of sleep or anxiety, yoga can help put the years back on from what these factors might take from one’s longevity. Yoga teaches those who practice it to focus on breathing to stay mentally in the moment. Practicing yoga, paired with meditation, provides a necessary rest time for the nervous system, which leads to better sleep. These two practices together inspire turning the senses inwards and eliminating any stimuli present. Long term results include less daily fatigue, stress, and accidents.

Yoga also aids in body detoxification. This fitness choice does so through the nature of its poses as they stimulate blood flow to various organs, proactively assisting the body in the natural action of flushing out toxins. A crucial part of practicing yoga is breath control, which requires techniques that strongly emphasize breathing. This part of yoga acts as a guide during a hold and elevates the body’s oxygenation.

For more information about Russell Jack, Southland yoga guru, and the practices he specializes in, visit his website at

About Russell Jack

Russell Jack is a yoga and mindfulness teacher from Southland, New Zealand. He specializes in Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong, and guided meditations, helping clients achieve harmony of body, mind, and soul. Russell is passionate about animal rights protection, regularly volunteering with the World Animal Protection Organization and donating to protect endangered species in New Zealand.

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