Ever wondered why you love yoga so much? Or are you one of the few people who’ve never tried it? These are eight reasons why yoga is good for you…
Lowers Stress + Boosts Your Moods
In our high stress world, any activity that helps you switch off and reduce your anxiety levels has to get a thumbs up. Yoga is a terrific way of unwinding. It’s also known to boost your moods and a morning yoga session can set you up for the rest of the day.
Reduces Injury Risk
Yoga is a low impact sport which means it’s gentle on the body. It also helps prevent injury from other sports by correcting muscle imbalances. Yoga helps restore the body to balance and symmetry.
Helps You Lose Weight
All exercise will help you burn calories and anyone who’s been to an advanced yoga class will agree it’s as strenuous as any fitness workout. The advantage of yoga is the way it increases your body awareness. Unlike other sports (such as running which boosts your appetite), yoga poses work to suppress your food cravings. So you’re less likely to reach for that post workout treat!
Watch a young child playing and marvel at their flexibility. By the time we’re young adults we spend most of our waking hours sitting and our bodies are neglected. Yoga can help you recover the flexibility of your youth.
Terrific For Posture
Maybe we no longer rate posture highly enough to walk around with books balanced on our heads. However, good posture is not only attractive, it’s essential for a healthy spine. Avoid trips to the chiropractor with a regular yoga practice.
Builds Muscle Tone
Heading for the gym isn’t the only way to build muscle tone and strength. Think about it – lifting your body weight in a yoga pose will make you strong!
Helps Your Breathing
Stressful, chaotic lives can lead to shortness of breathe. We literally forget how to breathe properly! The mindfulness of yoga will reconnect you with your body and your natural breathing.
Good For Your Bones
Osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease, will cause approximately half of women age 50 and older to break a bone. Yoga is a good way to build protective bone mass. Start now – it’s easier to build bone mass before you hit the menopause.
How To Learn Yoga
The best place to start learning yoga is with a qualified instructor in a yoga studio. When you’re new to yoga it’s important to start with a beginner class. Different yoga teachers will have different styles, so sometimes it takes a while to find a teacher that’s a good match for you.
If you can’t get to a yoga studio, or you want to try out yoga at home first, there’s a huge selection of free yoga videos on YouTube. Alternatively you can sign up for an online yoga channel. These typically charge between $15 to $25 per month. Incredible value compared to a class in a yoga studio.
I’ve been using online yoga channels for years and I recently joined the Premium Online Service – My YogaWorks. Following one of their daily journey series has been a real boost to my practice.
MyYogaWorks goes to great lengths to explain and demonstrate the poses. Something that’s often missing in YouTube videos. I find it’s an ideal way to supplement weekly yoga class. Practicing at home – a short daily practice, makes a huge difference.
You can try MyYogaWorks for FREE by signing up for their 14 day trial. They charge a very reasonable $15/month after the free trial period. For beginners, their Fall Into Yoga Challenge is an excellent way to get started. You know you’re in safe hands and the yoga positions will be demonstrated correctly. It’s so important to get the poses right, especially when you’re starting out.
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Enough reasons to get you reaching for your neglected yoga mat? Try and make yoga a part of your daily routine – I’d love to hear how you get on!