Nowadays, yoga is usually seen as more of a spiritual activity or a hobby than as a form of exercise that can improve your health in a way other exercises can.
However, the truth is that yoga has numerous benefits for both your body and your mind ‒ and all you need in order to get started is a yoga mat (or a soft blanket), comfortable clothes, and some space.
If you’re still unsure about it, here are five reasons why you should be practising yoga every day.
Helps you feel better
In this day and age, there isn’t a person who can honestly say that they are not dealing with some kind of stress.
However, there are many who can say that they are handling it successfully, and yoga is one of the ways in which you can do that.
Yoga uses many relaxation techniques that can make you feel calmer, think more clearly, and see whatever is bothering you from a more objective perspective.
All of that can help you relieve stress and feel better about yourself. If this is precisely what you need, consider Hatha yoga. This type of yoga is a bit slower and focuses mainly on relaxing your muscles and improving your breathing technique.
Moreover, being less stressed out and able to think more objectively is also great for your social skills.
This is because, by being able to observe the world from different perspectives, you would become more confident about yourself and more understanding of other people’s different opinions.
You would also become much more positive in general, which is undoubtedly a good trait in every aspect of your life.
In addition, yoga breathing techniques can boost your lung capacity, which means that your muscles would be gaining more oxygen.
This can result in a reduced risk of diabetes, heart problems, and asthma ‒ and we can all agree that being healthy makes us feel better about everything.
Makes you look better
When practising yoga, you’re using the weight of your own body to build muscles by doing long, extended squats, push-ups, and leg/body lifts.
The result, naturally, is well-defined muscles that only get stronger after each yoga session.
Moreover, yoga doesn’t only strengthen your muscles but also boosts your endurance by improving your physical core and posture.
This means that you are less likely to get fatigued while performing your everyday tasks.
Yoga can also help you lose weight, since that would happen naturally once you de-stress and detoxify.
And all the twists yoga requires are guaranteed to improve your metabolism and digestion.
Plus, it would definitely make you sweat, which is an essential part of detoxification.
With that in mind, if your main focus and desire is to build muscles, check out Ashtanga. It is a type of yoga that is quite fast-paced and physically demanding.
On the other hand, if you’re more interested in losing weight, consider doing Bikram yoga. Just don’t forget to adjust your eating habits as well.
Improves your memory
While doing yoga, you learn to concentrate and relax, which is something many people have a problem with.
This problem can result in low productivity, loss of motivation, and bad memory.
Which means that you have to spend more time doing things that you could finish much faster and more easily if you were able to focus.
Yoga postures help people clear their mind of all the distractions and focus on just the things that matter at that time.
Bhramari Pranayama, for instance, is a posture that is especially good for improving memory.
One thing you should also keep in mind is comfort. You can’t study and focus in uncomfortable clothes, so why would you try doing yoga in such clothes?
This is why many Australian women who practice yoga get their comfortable yoga sports bra online.
Follow their example and check out quality yoga clothes on the Internet ‒ you will surely find something that fits your needs, so don’t let yourself start practising yoga unprepared.
Boosts your confidence
Many yoga teachers will tell you to set a goal for the current session or in some other part of your life.
For instance, you might think “I will try to rest for a day” or “I will try to get up earlier and go for a run tomorrow”.
Regardless of what it is, when translated into real life, this mindset can help you determine what it is that you really want.
It can teach you how to set more realistic goals, which also means you’d be more likely to achieve them.
Furthermore, it might sound a bit superficial, but it’s still a fact that the physical benefits of yoga can lead to the psychological benefits.
Nobody can deny that looking good makes you feel good as well, which is why having a nicely sculpted lean body can do wonders for your self-esteem and confidence.
Makes you more flexible
Finally, most of the yoga physical postures (also called asanas) imply some sort of spinal twist in order to make you more flexible.
This flexibility can come in handy in many other areas of life as well. For example, if you’re into golf or tennis, better flexibility can make you swing better too.
Moreover, yoga can also help you spice up your bedroom life, and not just because of the flexibility, but also because of the breathing techniques; if you’re a guy.
Using the concentration skills you’ve acquired during your yoga classes can help you last longer in bed.
So, it’s safe to say that in this sense, yoga can benefit both you and your partner.
These are just a few of many benefits of yoga, which you can only feel when you actually start practising it.
There are so many different poses and techniques, you would surely find the one that fits your lifestyle and can help you achieve your goals.
So, don’t wait for tomorrow, start doing yoga today and feel how your body and mind change after every session ‒ your body will be thankful.
And you will feel much better about not just yourself but your whole life in general.
Author: Peter Minkoff
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