Mention the word ‘Yoga’ to someone who has not tried itand you’ll get many different replies.
“It’s too slow”
“It’s not even exercise”
“Do you even perspire?”
“Only girls do that!”
I’m embarrassed to admit that I have replied somewhere along those lines as well when asked before and I was proven wrong.
Coming from someone whoseonly form of keeping fit was trying to kill myself in the gym, yoga opened up a whole spectrum of physical and mental well being that I never thought possible.
1.Yoga Calms You Down And Relives Stress
Unless you’re holed up on some deserted island without any connection to the world, our lives can get rather busy at times.
There’s always a problem to solve, someone who wants our time, a goal to reach. Unfortunately, we aren’t built like machines and it’s only a matter of time before the stress of life takes a toll on us. And if you don’t manage stress well, it can develop into health issues.
Yoga helps us to manage our stress better by bringing our minds to the present instead of wandering frantically into the past or present.
We are more in tune with our breathing and thoughts which allows us to stay calm and be part of the solution instead of the problem.
Also Read: 5 Yoga Poses to Improve Mental Health
2.Yoga Makes You More Aware Of Your Body
Try attending a basic yoga class and you’ll understand what I mean. The movements are slow and deliberate and you can feel your musclescontract and expand with each pose. It also made me realise how inflexible I was.
By focusing on areas of my body which felt stiff, yoga helped to loosen me up which led to better gym workouts.
3.Yoga Is Low Impact And Preserves Your Joints
We are all getting older by the minute and father time can be cruel to our bodies if you abused it for many years with intense exercise.
As much as I try to preserve my joints by taking health supplements and stretching, there will come a time when I have to listen to my body and cut back on my gym sessions.
Yoga is one physical activity that you can be doing well into your golden years and your muscles and joints will be thanking you for it.
- Yoga Gives You Better Posture
I’ve been told that my posture resembles that of an ape from the side. Not the most flattering of comments but it did make me want to do something about it.
One option was to visit a chiropractor which can be rather costly hence I decided to give yoga a try.
Observing myself in the mirror during a pose allowed me to correct my posture and made me more aware of how I was standing.
By doing so, it made me more self-conscious of my posture outside of class and was able to correct it when I felt myself slouching.
- Yoga Can Really Work Your Muscles
I thought my first yoga session was going to be a breeze due to my gym workouts.
After the class was over, I was drenched in sweat and I felt like I was stepped on by a dinosaur.
I was exhausted.
Holding a yoga pose gives all your major muscle groups a beating and a very good workout. I could lift heavier at the gym after a few yoga sessions.
- Yoga Improves Your Bloodflow
Yoga can get red blood cells flowing in a jiffy. Plus the constant rhythmic and deep breathing oxygenate your blood better as well.
An inverted pose like a handstand or headstand allows ‘stale’ blood from the lower half of your body to flow back into the heart which then pumps out fresh blood to the rest of the body.
- Yoga Helps You Sleep Better At Night
I’m someone that worries a lot especially before bedtime and that affects the quality of my sleep.
By practicing yoga before bedtime, it helps to regulate my breathing and calm my mind down. This gives my brain the opportunity to shut down and get a good night’s rest after a long day.
- Yoga Helps You Stay Focused
As a business owner, it is so easy to get sidetracked by daily distractions and problems.
This takes away my mental energy required to finish my to-do list for the day and it leaves me feeling discouraged if I don’t do what’s important.
When I feel flustered, a five to ten minute session of yoga puts me in a meditative state and ready to focus on the task at hand.
The above health benefits of yoga are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more benefits of yoga that your body can take advantage of with just a few sessions of yoga weekly. Do not write yoga off without giving it an honest try and you’ll be a convert like me in no time.