If you’re not quite sure why you should practice yoga this might help
Maybe you have seen or heard about other peoples crazy yoga leggings. And by practicing yoga you too can now be a part of it. The first time you try a pair on you will realize that this is now the way of life. They are probably the most comfortable thing you’ve ever worn, they make your bum look good and are available in every colour and pattern possible so you can get the perfect ones for you. This goes for men as well!
2. Improves flexibility
Probably the first thing you think about when it comes to yoga. The amount of people who says “I can’t do yoga cause I’m not flexible enough”. Well it is not about being flexible, it’s about becoming flexible. Making impossible poses possible, improving your back ache and posture by stretching out tight hips and hamstrings from sitting at an office all day. By becoming more flexible you will be able to move more efficiently with less stress on your body.
3. Improves strength
Yoga will help you build muscles you didn’t know you had. By only using your body in the practice you will build muscles that are useful in your everyday life. Doing yoga will for example make you able to efficiently balance all your shopping bags on your arms so that you don’t have to do two trips from the car.
4. Perfects your posture
Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over a straight spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it a few inches forward, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired. And fatigue might not be your only problem. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems.
5. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
By moving your joints through their full range of motion when practicing yoga you help your cartilage get more nutrition. What happens is that your cartilage, who works a bit like a sponge, get squeezed as you do your poses and when you come out of the pose the cartilage “opens up” and nutrition floods into it. Which helps preventing arthritis and and other joint problems.
6. Protects your spine
A bit like the cartilage, the spinal disks fill up with nutrition in form of fluid as you move your spine. So by doing backbends, forward folds and twists in your practice you fill up the disks which acts like pillows between your vertebras, and the bigger the pillow the more protection.
7. Strengthen your bones
When you put weight on your bones they get stronger, so by putting weight on bones that you normally don’t , for example your arms in downward facing dog or having your leg bent in warrior 2, you strengthen your whole skeletal system. This is proved to improve bone density which lowers the chance of breakage or weak bones as you grow older.
8. Increases blood flow
Yoga gets your blood flowing. The relaxation part of yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. And the moving part of yoga gets more oxygen to your cells. Inverted poses, where your hips are higher than your heart, helps the blood flow from your legs and pelvis back to your heart (this is great for swollen legs and tired feet) and increases the blood flow to your brain (which helps you focus).
9. Makes you happy
Yoga is proved to increase the serotonin levels in your body and lowers stress. And by putting focus on your body and breath, letting your brain have a rest from the non-stop train of thought that is a part of your everyday life. By letting your head rest for a while you can come back to difficult tasks with a new perspective and more energy. Teaching yourself to let go of your thoughts will also help you sleep better and focus more on the task at hand, rather than everything at once.
The present moment is the best moment there is
10. Deepen your sleep
One of the key things in yoga is to start listening to your body. The more you listen the more you hear. By going to bed when we’re tired we will fall asleep easier. The physical movement yoga offers will also help you sleep as your body will have a bigger need for rest to build up your muscles again. And like point 8 said, if you let yourself have a rest from your own thoughts and focus on how your body feel you will soon feel when you are tired.