1.Yoga can make you feel good. It’s that simple!
You’ll feel happier if you choose a class that suits your level. Try it if you don’t believe me!
2.Yoga improves flexibility
You might not have heard of yoga’s ability increase flexibility.
3.Yoga improves your strength
Yoga is more than stretching and benting. It also requires incredible strength. To prevent injury, improve the immune system, metabolism, and make daily tasks easier, it is essential to have physical strength.
4.Yoga improves your immune system
For maintaining a healthy immune system, any movement is good. Yoga’s inversions, twisting, back bending and calming allow the body to spend more time with the sympathetic nervous systems (rest and digest), and less with the fight or flight system (fight or flight), which can cause stress and inflammation, and significantly lower the immune system.
5.Yoga can help you focus
Your mind will be more calm and clear, making it easier to direct your energy where it needs to go. Through practice, yoga teaches you to develop one-pointedness and concentration. The mind is trained to be present and aware. Yoga classes can improve your ability to focus, process and retrieve information, as well as help you learn, hold, and update information better.
6.Yoga changes your energy
Try ten rounds Surya Namaskar or some Kapalabhati pranayama if your morning routine includes waking up and drinking coffee. You will be amazed at the positive effects it has on your nervous system. If you feel the need to change your day later in the week, you can do some asana practice for a few minutes. This will help to rebalance the nervous system and calm the mind.
7.Yoga boosts your metabolism
Morning yoga will improve your ability to absorb nutrients from your food by moving blood, breathing, and muscles. Strong practice can build muscle and dramatically increase metabolism. Deep breathing and full circulation will also help the metabolism keep ticking along.
8.Yoga can reduce anxiety
Anxiety can lead to poor posture, shallow breathing, and tight muscles. If you have been in an anxiety loop for a while, your body may have learned to protect itself by being tense, physical closed off, and taking short sharp breaths. Because the mind and body are so interconnected, it is possible to reduce anxiety by physically deepening your breath, improving posture, and relaxing the muscles in a safe place.
9.Yoga can help you be more mindful
The buzzword of mindfulness is now a billion-dollar business. Mindfulness doesn’t necessarily have to involve meditating for long periods or being able to do so consistently. Mindfulness is simply paying more attention to what you do. This allows you to be more present and aware in every moment. It is better to be mindful than being mind-full.
10.Yoga soothes your skin
Skin is the most vulnerable area in the body that shows signs of stress or nutrient deficiencies. Pranayama, meditation, and active yoga can help improve circulation and reduce the risk of developing conditions such as acne and eczema.
11.Yoga allows you to have some ‘Me Time’
It is important to take a few moments for yourself, especially for those who are involved in caring for others. Giving back to others is an important aspect of our lives and makes us feel closer to the world. To give, you must first be satisfied. Gandhi and Jimi Hendrix said “If your goal is to change the world then you must first change yourself.”
12.Hydrate your Spine
The safe and healthy movement of the spine encourages the release of synovial fluid into the spine’s column. The spine has a bit more fluid in the morning. However, it is less liquid in the evening. This is why our evenings are a bit shorter. Practice spine-lengthening positions like Downward Facing Dog and inversions can help bring moisture back to our spine.
13.Yoga increases brain power
Different movements can make the brain more efficient and help maintain brain health. Twisting asanas and any other activity that involves crossing the limbs of the body (similar to the cross-crawl exercise where you alternately extend one arm and one leg from a tabletop position) are great for balancing both the brain hemispheres. Daily practice Nadi Shodhana andthe “channel cleansing” breath will help to bring things back into balance.
14.You don’t have any space? No worries!
Yoga asana is a physical activity that requires very little space. Yoga can be done anywhere, including in airplanes, dorm rooms and offices, as well as jail cells.
15.Yoga can help you breathe better
Yoga is a practice that emphasizes breathing. This is something that beginners struggle with at first, but as they get more comfortable with it, the ability to move with the breath becomes second-nature. It is worth learning to breathe deeply and more fully every day. While you might not be able to hold the poses for your entire life, you can have your breath every moment of your day.
16.Yoga can help you stand taller
It’s common for most people to spend some time hunched over a computer, screen phone, or steering wheel. Slouching can highlight the kyphotic curve in the thoracic spine. This causes the chest to collapse, pressure on the heart, lungs and lower back, which can lead to a negative mood. Just by standing taller and opening your chest, you can instantly improve your mood and overall well-being.
17.Yoga can help you beat the blues
Moving is one of the best things to improve your mood. Yoga is a great option for those who are struggling with the blues. Yoga stimulates the nervous system and releases hormones that can improve mood. It is a great way to focus on the positive every time you do yoga. You’ll be more likely to smile when you do it more often.
18.Yoga can improve your body and mind balance.
Balanced yoga postures can help the brain fire neurons that aid with spatial awareness and muscle memory. Regularly using your feet in daily yoga practice can also strengthen the muscles of your foot.
19.Yoga can help you get rid of toxins
Although it isn’t clear whether yoga poses like twisting can actually detox the body, it is safe to say that yoga helps eliminate toxins from your body. Moving things around inside and out can help shift any toxins and get rid of them faster. It is possible to “detox” your mind by being aware of and mindful of your thoughts
20.Yoga frees your feet!
Barefoot walking is more important than you might think. You may be surprised to learn that many shoes are made for their appearance more than their feeling. The foundation of our bodies is the feet. Allowing them to breathe, move freely, and allow the bones, arches, and joints of the feet to move naturally can improve alignment. You’ll save time washing your socks
21.Yoga has anti-inflammatory properties
Inflammation can be reduced by reducing stress, improving blood circulation and neurotransmitter levels (known as the ‘happy hormone’). The practice of Calming Pranayama, where the length of one’s out-breath increases, can be used to reduce inflammation.
22.Yoga can give meaning to your days
We all know It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s the way that you do it. While the lyrics may be catchy, the deeper meaning of the song is profound. Setting an intention, focus, or Sankalpa for the day can help us to return to this intention every time we make a decision. An intention can help you to be more conscious of your actions and give your day more meaning.
23.Yoga can help you express gratitude
Traditional yogis would rise with sun and perform Surya Namaskar, (Sun Salutations), to welcome the new day. This was to honor the sun, the giver warmth, light, and life.
24.Yoga helps you get to know yourself
Yoga is not a group sport. It’s a personal and internal practice. Although you may have been in a group class, your focus should still be on what is happening within you. “Pratyahara” is one of the Eight Limbs in Yoga. It refers to turning your senses and awareness inward to learn more about one’s body and mind. It is necessary to live with our body and mind for a lifetime. Therefore, it is worth spending time getting to know and making friends with it.
25.Yoga regulates your body clock
Humans would naturally rise with the sun, and fall asleep when it was dark. However, electricity and the lightbulb have made it possible to hack night time. This means that getting up at the sun rises is not always the best way to start the morning. You’ll notice a change in your body clock and a better night’s sleep if you get up earlier. Ayurveda, the ancient sister science of yoga, tells us that between 10pm to 2am is the body’s natural time for rejuvenation. It recommends that you get up as close as possible to sunrise and then head outside to enjoy the natural light. For’spiritual practices and exercise’ like asana, walking and yoga, the best hours are between 6am-8am.
Meditation Metta Bhavana (Loving Kindness), is designed to increase compassion and kindness towards ourselves and others. Although we are naturally compassionate and able to feel emotions, the modern world can make us feel more disconnected. Every action and thought we make has an impact on the world around you. If the saying Love makes the World Go Round is true, then practicing kindness and love for others will make a greater difference than you might think.
27.Yoga can help you become more aware of your body
Most yoga teachers will have said it, but what does that mean? A good yoga practice promotes feeling rather than forcing, gradual improvement instead of immediate gain, and a way to move that is beneficial instead of detrimental. The study by the Berkley department of Psychology, California showed that yoga practitioners are more aware of their bodies, more responsive to bodily sensations and have greater body satisfaction than those who don’t practice yoga.
28.Yoga can help you accept what life has to offer
Yoga teaches us that all things can change. The good and the bad things in life are both temporary. Understanding this better makes it easier for you to be present and positive even through difficult times.
29.Yoga gives you a natural wind-down
Try restorative yoga instead of wasting your time on Facebook or watching a movie. This practice can calm the nervous system and improve sleep quality. It also helps the digestive system work overnight. You will have the energy to rise early next morning to greet the sun.
30.Yoga is a lifelong learning experience
Yoga can be tailored to any level of ability. Yoga is for everyone, no matter your age. Finding the right type of yoga for you is key.