1. Improves Flexibility
If you were to ask somebody what the benefits of yoga are, their first answer would most likely be “to improve flexibility”. You may not be able to do all the poses right from the start, but a daily yoga practice will help you become more flexible, allowing you to do all the crazy moves you want. You’ll soon be on your way to becoming the next pretzel yogi with your feet folded behind your head.
2. Makes you Happier
Having a bad day? Things not going as smoothly as you would like? Roll out your mat and hit the play button! A yoga session is a sure-fire way to turn that frown upside down. The mind-body connection that is formed through yoga creates positive energy that drives away those negative feelings, helping you make the most out of a “bad” day.
3. Builds Muscle Strength
Think you need to hit the gym to get toned? Think again! Yoga is a great way to build strength with just your bodyweight. Maintaining your poses during each session can be just as good as using weights at the gym. Before yoga, we could only hold a plank for 30 seconds. Now we can hold it forevaaaaaa!
4. Boosts Metabolism
Get that much needed metabolism boost by adding yoga to your daily routine. A daily yoga practice will help build muscle, which leads to more calories burned through a higher resting metabolism. Burning calories while we’re tanning on the beach… yes please!
5. Creates a Healthy Lifestyle
If you’re already practicing yoga, or looking to start, then chances are you have already made up your mind about improving your habits. Developing this healthy mindset, you begin to make adjustments to what you eat, say, think, and do. Yoga is not just a form of exercise, it’s an all-encompassing lifestyle.
6. Helps you Sleep Better
Alarm goes off.
Get up and shut it off.
Get back in bed and fall right back asleep.
Thank you, yoga…
7. Eases your Pain
The ways in which yoga eases pain are plentiful–both physically and mentally.
Practicing yoga relieves stress, which loosens our bodies and helps avoid injuries from tight muscles. Maintaining focus and performing breathing exercises allows you to work through issues that may be causing mental pain. Then there is the pain of having to put jeans on, which, thankfully to yoga pants, we don’t have to anymore.
8. Helps you Focus
Yoga poses (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) are beneficial when trying to improve focus. Holding a certain pose while breathing correctly takes practice, which forces you to focus on the task at hand. This intense focus during your yoga practice spills over onto all other aspects in your life, allowing you to be more focused at work, at home, at university, and, most importantly, in the vegetable aisle.
9. Improves your Balance
Once you get your mind and body focused together, you can use this force to channel your body’s energy to help you remain still. As you practice yoga, you begin to notice all the little muscles that are working hard to keep you balanced. Balancing will become easier as you remain consistent with your yoga routine, and, as a result, you will finally be able to find a balance between Netflix and real life.
10. Gives you Inner Strength
“Hey outside strength, are you there?”
“Yes, inner strength, what’s up.”
“Yeah, I’m feeling a bit weak lately, do you have any more of that yoga practice?”
“Sure, I think I can fit in a session, hold on.”
“How’s that feeling inner strength?”
“Perfect! I’m feeling better already…Thanks!”
11. Protects your Spine
The range of motion achieved through yoga is one of the biggest benefits to your body’s functionality. By practicing yoga, you become more agile and flexible, which helps to prevent injuries within the spinal area. All those twists and bends in your daily yoga practice help release the stress that builds up while you’re out doing boring non-yoga stuff.
12. Helps you Lose Weight
As your interest in yoga grows, so too does your interest in living healthy. A daily yoga routine not only will help you burn extra calories, but also will change your lifestyle, which, in turn, will help you shed any extra weight you are looking to get rid of. The combination of exercise, choosing a healthier diet, avoiding unhealthy habits, and becoming more mindful of your actions will be the key factors in your weight loss journey. Gone are the days of eating cake for breakfast… well not totally gone.
13. Increases your Self-confidence
The main reason for low self-confidence is fear. In yoga, this fear could come from not being able to do a pose like the others in your yoga class. Maybe you’re afraid of joining a yoga class because you don’t know anybody there. Or maybe you are afraid of doing yoga for the first time because you don’t know where to start. Well guess what… none of that matters. As you practice yoga, you will find that yogis around the world are some of the most supportive people. We are all in this together! The same goes for the people who practice in yoga studios. Just get out there and join the team. As you begin to integrate into the more social aspect of yoga, you will see your confidence increase, which will then push you to go further in your yoga practice. As your journey through yoga gets longer, the confidence you gain from it will begin to flow into other parts of your life, making you one big ball of sunshine and confidence.