8 Mega-Motivating Benefits of Regular Yoga Practice
1. Flexibility (We had to list ‘Captain Obvious’)
One obvious yoga benefit is flexibility. Over time one can develop a much deeper connection to the body, constantly finding new limits. Keep doing yoga to see how flexible you can get.
This can be hard for beginners, but once you have spent some time doing yoga, you will see the results for yourself. The postures you thought you will never be able to do, will become easier.
Maybe even you will be able to touch your toes 🙂
2. Holistic Strength and Muscle Building
Strength is not about looking good. Our bodies are designed in balance and when you build up your muscles you may find yourself released from chronic issues such as back pain and other conditions including arthritis.
It is beneficial to approach exercise in an holistic way through yoga rather than just focusing on just one aspect of exercise only. Lifting weights at the gym, running, cycling or playing basketball are all great.
Yoga offers a more balanced approach that will work the entire body in harmony. It isn’t about looking good, but that is a nice side benefit.
3. Builds Strength and Mobility in Your Joints
Your joints go through a motion each time you practice yoga. As you continue to work your joints, you may find a reduction in joint pain and cartilage problems. Find a yoga class that fits your desire for your body.
You will find yoga to be therapeutic and supportive of your joints. Many other exercises (running for example) can be hard on the joints… use yoga to build up strength and mobility in your joints.
4. Protects Your Spine
Each part of our body can be targeted by a good yoga instructor. In our yoga studio we say that healing is done through targeting strength and flexibility for each part of the body. The back is no exception.
Through backbends, muscle building and core work you can not only strengthen your back, but you can heal years of neglect that comes from living in our modern world where we sit at a desk, behind the wheel and take pills for back pain rather than solving the root cause.
5. Healthy Bones
It is a well-known fact that yoga strengthens your bones. There are many postures in which you have to lift your weight, these postures give strength to your bones and helps you to build and maintain your calcium.
6. Increases Blood Flow and Lowers Risk for Heart Disease
Yoga also increases your blood flow. It makes the circulation better in your body. Your cells will function better due to increased oxygen levels as well as increased levels of red blood cells and haemoglobin. Along with healthy eating, yoga can be a great way to prevent heart disease or stroke.
7. A Good Night’s Sleep
Another benefit of yoga which I have seen in my students is the great night sleep after taking a yoga class. Once you are comfortable in practicing yoga daily, you will see that you are able to sleep better because you will be less stressed and tired.
Yoga provides a kind of relief to your body and nervous system. Plus, who hasn’t fallen asleep at least once in savasana?
8. Peace of Mind
So often we approach our yoga mat for practice and our minds are filled with distractions, or frustrations, anxiety and stress. Yoga helps calm our mind and emotions bringing us into the here-and-now.
Anxiety, lists, aches and pains – things that are difficult to control – tend to take us out of our focus…
Your yoga mat should never be the thing that takes you out of your practice.
You can choose which mat you bring into your sacred space:
- Choose a mat that is toxin-free. You don’t want to be breathing in chemicals.
- Choose a mat that has extreme grip… it’s so distracting sliding in a pose.
- Choose a mat that has true support for your joints – not cheap foam that sinks to the floor
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