It can be tempting to say you don’t have time to do yoga, you’re not flexible enough, the kids need you, you’re too nervous to come to a class, or whatever the reason may be.
Yoga is an excellent way to get in touch with your body and your breath. You may try it just for the physical benefits. But the more you practice it, the more you’ll start to notice mental changes.
Here are just 6 reasons why you need to implement yoga in your life today (there are a lot more, but we’re sticking to 6).
1. You’re Doing Something for Yourself
There’s nothing better than taking care of yourself. Often we’ll put everything and everyone else’s needs before our own. If you commit to doing a yoga practice, it’s just you and your body on the mat. Endorphins are released, and you start to feel great.
2. It Improves Digestion
We always joke at our studio on how we go to the toilet regularly since starting yoga. Any exercise increases blood flow throughout the entire body, including the digestive system. Forward bends, backbends and twists in yoga involve the abdomen, which has a nourishing effect on digestion and may help relieve indigestion, constipation, bloating and gas. Reducing stress through yoga has positive effects on the digestive tract too.
3. It Reduces Stress
There’ve been numerous studies supporting how yoga reduces stress. Some forms of yoga are particularly great at promoting relaxation, such as Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Gentle Yoga, and Yin. View the class schedule.
4. It Improves Your Posture
If you have an experienced, skilled instructor, they’ll focus on proper alignment in yoga postures. Some forms of yoga practices and experienced teachers know the importance of maintaining the natural curves in the spine. It’s important to know how to protect our spinal discs and our muscles to avoid wear and tear of years of incorrect alignment. What you do on your mat, you can take into the rest of your life – like standing in the grocery line or sitting in your chair at the office. We need our bodies to be healthy and pain-free for as long as possible so we can enjoy life and live it to the fullest.
5. It can Make You Strong and Flexible – Physically and Mentally
You may have thought yoga is about touching your toes or getting your leg to wrap around your head, but it’s more important to build strength. Experienced yoga teachers know that it’s important to engage your muscles in yoga poses so you are safe the poses. And of course, yoga will start to release tension in the body, so you become more flexible.
Mentally, when you begin to make time for yourself, look after yourself and build strength in your body, you start to access an inner strength that makes you feel more confident.
6. Improve Your Sex Life
Does “Not in the mood honey, had a long day at work” sound familiar? Yoga helps relieve stress, which we all know can affect our sex life. Yoga reduces anxiety and can improve confidence. Yoga can also contribute to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles (if engaging them in poses), resulting in more powerful orgasms, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
If yoga is already part of your practice, why do you stay committed? Comment below.