While we are immersed in our busy lives, on auto-pilot, running around from work to household chores to seeing friends and family, we rarely slow down to enjoy the silver linings life has to offer.
Disconnecting from the stressful environment we live in and taking the time to connect with the present is healthy, not only for your mind but for your body.
Integrating yoga into your day can help you have a more positive outlook on life.
Originating from India, the word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj" meaning “to yoke or to join together”. Yoga acts on the development of the individual with the practice of physical, mental and spiritual discipline. It embodies unity of mind and body, balance and health, harmony between human beings and nature.
There are many types of yoga to choose from. Some are more intense and others are relaxing and meditative, but each type can be adapted to suit your goals and fitness level.
Here’s our list of the top 10 reasons why you should practice yoga:
1. Yoga is one of the best stress relievers
Deeper breathing and mind-body practice help reduce stress, anxiety and inflammation. By encouraging relaxation, yoga keeps your body balanced and helps lower the levels of stress hormones.
2. Back pain? Neck pain? Knee pain? Yoga helps relieve pain
Each yoga pose helps you stretch and increase your flexibility, lessening your pain. It also lowers the risk of future injuries.
3. Yoga increases concentration
When you practice yoga, you focus on your breathing and posture, boosting your brain's capabilities and concentration.
4. Yoga improves flexibility and balance
Most of yoga poses work on articulations, muscles and your backbone. Regular yoga practice can help improve your balance and muscle flexibility.
5. Yoga develops physical strength and stamina
Some types of yoga engage the arms, legs and core muscles, toning each of them. Others focus more on breathing and meditating, which can improve lung capacity and core strength.
6. Yoga helps you lose weight
It’s a great workout for your body and you’ll burn calories doing yoga. It can also help you control your weight by reducing stress.
7. Yoga improves your health
Regular breathing helps blood circulation, allowing oxygenated blood to move more efficiently, which in turn boost your immune system. Say bye to cold and flu.
8. Yoga increases sexual performance
Yoga practice increases sexual desires, performance, confidence and satisfaction for both men and women. Some yoga postures release deep tension in the hips, strengthen the Kegel muscles and stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area, which is important for arousal and erections.
9. Yoga helps you focus on the present
Yoga demands that you remain awake and alert while feeling your body. Breathing exercises and yoga postures aim to reach mindfulness.
10. Yoga can lead to inner peace
After yoga practice you will feel happier, calmer and at peace.
Yoga can help you feel the good vibes of daily life.
Listen to your mind and body and respect your limits.
You’ll surely enjoy your practice. :)
Ready to give it a try?
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