What can yoga do for you? Better question, what can’t it do? Because although we might be biased, yoga basically does everything.
8 Reasons To Hit The Mat And Start Practicing Yoga
1. Gets you out of your head and into the present.
When you’re focused on how not to die in Warrior III, it’s incredibly difficult to simultaneously think about all the sh*t you need to get done before Wednesday. Which, is actually very practical. Because when you learn to be fully present in your practice, it eventually spills over into your everyday life. You will stress less, have a greater sense of self-awareness, and actually be able to “be”. Was that last one too yoga? Just go with it. More mindfulness is always a good thing.
2. Awakens your inner alchemist.
Yoga connects you to your truest self, the you that you already are, the you that you’re trying to become. By breathing through postures, holding poses, burning through tension and consciously flowing through movement, you strengthen your mind, body, soul connection. Spirited Nutrition at it’s finest.
3. Promotes better sleep.
Insomnia and sleep deprivation are huge problems among virtually every demographic in the US. Before you pop a sleeping pill, try yoga. Studies have shown that yoga, especially restorative poses like supine spinal twist (supta matsyendrasana), legs up the wall (viparita karani), and child’s pose (balasana), actually helps relieve sleep issues and promotes a restful night’s sleep.
4. Aids digestion.
Gassy? Bloated? Constipated? Yoga, yoga, yoga. The breath techniques and physical practice have been shown to aid in tons of digestive issues. Speaking from personal experience, certain poses, like twists for example, help wring out your organs and get things moving.
5. Intensifies your sex life.
6. Helps with weight loss.
There are a lot of misconceptions around yoga, one of the biggest being: yoga isn’t a difficult workout. If you’ve ever pressed into handstand, taken a vinyasa flow class, or even held downward dog for longer than 4 breaths, you’d understand that yoga is definitely a workout. Incorporating the more physically demanding styles like ashtanga, power and vinyasa will without a doubt help you tone up and stabilize your weight.
7. Increases energy.
Although it sounds counterintuitive, exercise actually increases energy levels. Backbends especially, are ridiculously stimulating. A short backbending sequence in the morning feels ten thousand times better than a shot of espresso.
“I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible”, is the worst excuse ever not to try it. You’ll never become flexible if you’re not working on your flexibility. The more you practice yoga the more flexible you become, both on and off the mat (which, is actually even more amazing).
Have you tried yoga before? Let us know your experience in the comments below. Also, would you be interested in a short yoga video? Jess is an instructor and we’ve been thinking about making one.
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