Yoga is a mind and body practice that offers mental and physical benefits to people of all ages. The various poses and the use of breathwork helps calm or energise the mind and body and improve your overall health.
In today’s post, you will gain insight into 9 benefits that a regular yoga practice can bring to your life.
YOGA RELAXES THE BODY AND MIND
One of the many benefits of yoga is that it can be added to your evening routine as a form of relaxation. It is a great way to transition from the hustle and bustle of the day to a relaxing evening. I personally love doing yoga in the evenings after I get home from my 8 am to 4 pm job. It helps me release any tension or stress from those 8 hours. It provides a wonderful groundwork for me to begin my own creative pursues for the day.
YOGA IMPROVES SLEEP
Another benefit of yoga is that it improves sleep. After a long day of sitting, standing or walking it’s wonderful to stretch your body. Adding yoga as a bedtime practice helps you tap into your body. Most of the day we are so busy that we don’t even realise hour tense our body is. Doing some gentle yoga stretches or a full yin yoga practice right before bed promotes relaxation. A bedtime yoga practice always puts me into sleep mode. You can do it on your yoga mat, rug or in bed. Following this up with a body scan meditation in bed puts you right to sleep.
YOGA EASES BODY ACHES
Imagine waking up with a backache or even menstrual cramps, ladies. This can be quite an uncomfortable even painful experience. Adding gentle yoga practice to your day can help relieve a lot of that pain. Try adding a hot water bottle or heating pad to the practice. This can help relieve pain.
YOGA IMPROVES BALANCE, FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH
If you have ever done yoga you know that you have to hold various poses for a few breaths. Some of those poses require a lot of balance and core engagement to hold the poses. There are also a lot of stretching and lengthening poses. Yoga is a great way to work on your balance, flexibility and build strength.
YOGA ENCOURAGES MINDFULNESS
Yoga is a very intuitive practice that syncs your mind and body. It allows you to bring your attention to your body without much effort. As you move through each poses your mind is focused on each transition and the flow of your breath.
YOGA BOOSTS YOUR MOOD
From personal experience, I can attest to this fact. When I first began my yoga journey it was a mental health coping method. It was one of the key ingredients that helped with my anxiety. Even today when I am feeling stressed or down, I always feel better after practising. It takes you out of your head and into the present moment. Moving through a flow of poses or even resting in child’s poses helps increase my mood.
YOGA GIVES YOU ENERGY
Yoga is not just about slow and relaxing movements. Yoga has many styles, some of which gives you an intense workout and energy boost. After a more heated practice, you feel strong, capable and ready to take on the day, in my experience.
YOGA PROTECTS YOUR JOINT AND PROMOTES MOBILITY
When you practice yoga, your joints get to move through their full range of motion. It helps to keep it healthy and reduces pain from stiff joints.
YOGA ENCOURAGES SELF-CARE
Yoga has many more benefits but the most important to me is that it promotes self-care. With regular practice, you see how you can change and heal. It empowers you to take better care of yourself on and off the mat.
These 9 benefits of yoga are just a few that I have experienced myself. Some of the benefits you experience almost immediately and others you get through a regular practice. I hope you enjoyed this post.
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Thank you for reading.