Thinking of starting yoga but not sure? Yoga has so many health benefits, it is like a self care routine, meditation and workout rolled into one. There is a style for everyone; if you're looking for a hot, sweaty, strengthening workout or a relaxing, meditative stretch before bed, yoga has it all! yoga offers so much richness to our lives, our body and mind thrives when we bring yoga into our everyday routine. Need anymore convincing?
Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Yoga
1. Relaxation and Stress relief
It’s incredibly easy to become stressed out, life is forever throwing us challenges that, if we’re not careful, stress us out. The symptoms of stress are all too common for many people, overthinking, insomnia, high blood pressure, fast heart rate, poor digestion, and a weak immune system (just to name a few!) When we’re in this state we’re not able to reach our full potential because all our energy goes towards navigating the turmoils of life. We become limited by our stress and our body, mind, and soul suffer because of it. Yoga allows you to designate time to yourself to relax and retune into your body, sometimes it gives us a window into our stress so that we can take action to reduce it. This relaxation reduces the hormone cortisol which reduces the symptoms of stress.
If you’re feeling stressed out, take some time for yourself by spending it on the mat. Yoga is one of the best self-care routines you can have. Life is challenging but you don’t need to live with stress.
2. Increases Flexibilty and Mobility
Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility as the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in our body lengthen, increasing elasticity. This increases our range of movement and reduces aches and pains we feel. No matter our range of mobility, yoga will allow you to slowly push yourself beyond it.
Not only is flexibility a great party trick, a more flexible body is less likely to suffer from aches/pains and sprains from other exercises.
Yoga also encourages a flexible mind which allows for easier navigation through the turmoils and challenges of life! Staying just that little bit longer in your pose, even when every part of you is desperate to stop grows and evolves our resilience. This is something we can take off the mat and use in everyday life to support us.
3. Yoga Helps To Increase Strength
Who doesn't want to feel stronger? Stronger+ increased stamina and you can finally open that stiff jar all by yourself! Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of relieving muscular tension.
A regular yoga practice will challenge your muscles and over time you will notice you can stay in that challenging pose just a little longer!
4. Let's Get That Heart Beating - Cardio Health
It all starts with the heart, so take care of it! Whether you get it pumping in a high power class, or let it rest after a tough day, you can't go wrong. Happy heart = happy you.
Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits as it lowers your resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
5. Improves Breathing
When you are aware of your breath, you take more mindful, deep breaths, which helps lower stress and increase oxygen to the brain, so you can think more clearly!
Yoga teaches people to be more mindful of their breath and encourages slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, increases the amount of oxygen available to the body and actually triggers the body’s relaxation response which calms the mind.
Yoga can have an incredibly calming effect on your body and mind, both through the physical asanas (postures) and through the awareness of the breath and mind that it encourages. It strengthens the body, increases it's flexibility and looks after the heart. What's not to love?
By: Katrina Scales