20 Reasons to Practice Yoga
I love yoga. I love to practice, stretch and quiet myself. I love to create strength and energy through yoga. Yoga is quite possibly the perfect activity. Whether you are new to the practice, curious, a veteran or have an “it’s so not for me attitude” I invite you to keep an open mind about yoga and all of its benefits. In fact, yoga offers more than just improved strength, flexibility and peace of mind. Below are 20 additional reasons to practice yoga.
- A new perspective. When was the last time you stood on your head?
- Improved Posture. Feet flat, shoulders back, pelvis tucked. You’ll use muscles you didn’t know you had.
- Patience. It is possible.
- Balance. How often do you stand on one leg and just breathe?
- Awareness. of pretty much everything.
- Controlling your ego. In yoga it doesn’t matter what you look like, it only matters what you feel like. And when you feel good, nothing and no one else matters.
- Confidence. Trying new poses and succeeding definitely builds confidence.
- Family time. Yoga is great for any age and can be a lot of fun!
- Partner time. Partner yoga is a great way to relieve stress and connect with a partner or loved one.
- Improved sleep. Certain poses are known to help you get your much needed zzzz’s.
- Emotional healing. Over time, you can learn to let go and heal old wounds. I did.
- Physical healing. Practicing yoga can help heal many physical pains. Caution: Not all styles of yoga are appropriate. Check with the instructor or doctor to find out which style is right for you.
- Less stress. You have probably heard this already.
- Improved body image. A strong and flexible body is a healthy body, and one to feel proud of.
- Presence. If you are not present in yoga, you might fall. Focus, breath and a calm mind are the key to a successful practice.
- Never give up attitude. If you do fall, no problem! Pause and start again. Yoga is all about compassion. You can’t expect to get it right the first time!
- Compassion. Backbends are a big part of yoga practice. Back bending postures help open the heart center, providing you space to be open and compassionate to yourself and those around you.
- Helps manage expectations. Your practice on Tuesday may be very different than your practice on Monday due to events, the weather, or your mood.
- Weight loss. Not directly, like cardiovascular activity, but through awareness and mindfulness you’ll begin to notice whether you are eating because you are hungry or stressed.
- Athletic performance. Yoga helps stretch, strengthen and provide a great cross training activity to help you avoid injury and maximize performance, no matter what sport you play.
Ready to start your practice? You don’t need a lot of time or money to reap the benefits, but you do need a consistent practice. A few minutes a day has greater benefit than 60 minutes once a week.
Do you already practice yoga? What benefits do you experience? Got questions about yoga? Ask away!