5 Benefits of Yoga
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Over the summer, I decided it was time I start a regular exercise routine. It’s no lie to say I hate exercising. Running and aerobics has always felt so uncomfortable to me and makes my lungs and throat burn. All that aside, I knew I needed to get my body moving. I set out on a journey to learn how to enjoy exercise. In fact, it’s on my 40 by 40 bucket list! I can safely say I have officially found an exercise I enjoy; yoga! So today for “Think About it Thursday“, I want to share with you the benefits of yoga.
First of all, before you say you’re not flexible enough for yoga, I want you to put that out of your mind. Yoga doesn’t require you to be flexible. Believe me, I’m proof of that fact. Yoga also doesn’t have to have anything to do with any specific religion. Yoga does have roots in Hinduism and Buddism. However, people around the world have been stretching far beyond that time. I have focused more on the physical and mental aspect of the exercise and have kept any spiritual practice out of it. I would highly recommend Yoga with Adriene on YouTube for those that don’t want strong spiritual speech in their exercise. I would specifically direct to you 30 Days of Yoga which is where I started.
Now, let’s talk about the benefits!
1.) Stress relief
There are quite a few moments throughout where you’re instructed to be still. To breathe. How many times in a day do we actually just stop and be still for a moment? Taking this time every day can significantly decrease stress both on your body and mind. It’s easy to feel happy at the end of a yoga session.
2.) Better sleep
Since starting daily yoga, I feel more comfortable getting settled in bed. I’ve also found I fall asleep faster and stay asleep. I’m far less sore in the morning than I was before which makes for an enjoyable start to my day!
3.) Better flexibility
Since part of yoga is learning how to breathe into your poses, you find you naturally go deeper into the stretches without any strain. Doing this makes you more and more flexible as you continue your practice. I’ve definitely noticed a change in how I’m able to move and bend. There seems to be more freedom in my muscles and joints!
4.) More strength
As with most physical activity, you will become stronger. I’ve noticed I’m able to hold poses longer and use muscles I hadn’t before. You will be able to note quite a bit of a change fairly early on which I found remarkable. This will also help get you tight and toned!
5.) Better balance
Yoga focuses on your center of gravity. Through slow movements and intentional breathing, you will find yourself able to balance better. I feel like this has helped me from day to day when it comes to other physical activity that requires being good on my feet. Chase kids around during the day? This may benefit you in ways that surprise and delight you. You’ll surprise yourself when you notice you’re not falling over as much anymore during poses.
There are so many more benefits to these exercises, but these are nearly immediate trade-offs. I’m glad I’ve discovered how enjoyable yoga is. There are days it’s challenging, but even those days are rewarding! What about you? Do you exercise? What’s your favorite method of exercise? Would you be willing to try yoga if you haven’t before? What are some of your concerns?