Yoga is one of my favourite ways to destress, I have only been doing in for over a year and it is one exercise I look forward to doing each time. Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and increase mental strength. Yoga is built on three main elements- exercise, breathing, and meditation. When practiced regularly, yoga can become a powerful and sophisticated discipline for achieving physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Today I want to share with you some of the benefits of Yoga I have experiences over the last year.
One of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga is the gradual improvement of flexibility. You may feel discouraged during your first class when you probably can't even touch your toes. Everyone has been there. But if you stick with it you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible- and even comfortable.
Toned and Sculpted Body
Anyone who has ever tried yoga knows dumbbells are not the only way to sculpt. In addition to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, yoga can help build lean muscle and will define and tone existing muscle. Yoga is strength training. In certain poses you’re lifting your entire body weight. And the beauty is, when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility- thereby creating a long, lean, sculpted silhouette.
Less Aches and Pains
Yoga poses improve posture and strengthen your back muscles to keep aches and pains low. Putting your joints and spinal disks through their full range of motion will keep them supple and can even help prevent degenerative arthritis. My lower back pain has totally disappeared after doing yoga for this past year.
Still not convinced? Yoga can even improve your love life! It helps to reduce anxiety and increase body love.. Yoga also increases body awareness and speeds up the release of hormones that cause arousal. The secret may be that yoga asks you to tune into how your body feels - not just how it looks. All of that translates to a boost in libido. You can thank me later.. :)
Yoga is a renowned antidote to stress. As part of the yoga routine, you are forced to clear your mind and focus on your body and breathing. Over time, yoga is proven to lower levels of stress, and increased feelings of happiness and wellbeing. This is because concentrating on the postures and the breath acts as a powerful form of meditation.
I hope you get a chance to practice yoga on your own and see the benefits I have been seeing over the last year.