10 Reasons Why Yoga Is Good For You
Ashtanga, Bikram, Hot or Yin Yoga? Many of our customers practice a wide range of yoga methods so, in this journal, we share the love with our Haila ‘yogis’ with ten reasons why you should be practising yoga if you don’t already!
It’s Amazing For Strength, Posture & Flexibility
Most yoga newbies can’t even touch their toes in their first class but persevere, and you’ll undoubtedly notice a positive change in your flexibility range. Your posture will also improve as a result of yoga, and your core strength will rocket sky high.
Can Help You Lose Weight
Even gentle yoga will have a positive impact on burning fat and can help lead to weight loss. Practising yoga every day can also help restore the hormonal balance in your body, which can help regulate your body weight. Because yoga also connects your mind with body, it also enables you to deal with triggers which might otherwise see you turn to food or alcohol as a diversion to the problem rather than processing the emotions clearly and positively. Yoga also encourages you to live a healthier lifestyle including better diet choices.
Offers Fantastic All-Round Fitness
Yoga combines so many health boosting aspects with each session. Mediation, cardio and strength training, Yoga stretches and tones the whole body and improves your breathing and mental focus. Daily yoga helps improve your posture and mental well-being beyond your yoga mat!
Helps Reduce Stress
As with any form of exercise, yoga does help reduce stress. However, yoga goes so much further than a cardio session in the gym or a jog around the park. Yoga helps train your mind and your body. This all over body workout focuses on mental and physical well-being as one leaving yoga bunnies feeling less stressed and more able to cope with stressful situations. Yoga gives you the skills to help manage your stress levels. Yoga can also help improve your sleep too
Improve Your Mood
The combination of yoga and meditation creates a greater awareness. The higher this awareness, the more in tune you are in recognising destructive emotions. Yoga appears to help reduce negative emotions and calms the mind. When the mind is calm, the body’s response follows. Practising yoga also offers a full body work out, which will also boost your mood and make you feel more positive.
Help You Become More Body Aware
Breathing is an important aspect of yoga practice. Pranayama (Yogic breathing techniques) focus on slowing down the breath and encouraging the body to breathe from the bottom of your stomach to the top of your lungs. Taking fewer breaths but at a greater volume has a positive and calming effect. The breathing techniques incorporated into yoga will also help you in everyday real-life situations; where you may need to think more calmly in a highly stressful situation or stay calm in an emergency. Yoga also makes you more body aware. Have you ever been stuck in traffic and in a rush and noticed your overly firm grip on the steering wheel? Perhaps you sit at a computer all day. How’s your posture? Yoga makes you more conscious of your body. It also gives you the tools to unlock peaceful thoughts and calm and correct the body and mind.
Yoga helps you learn how to slow down your rational thinking and learn how to be ‘in the moment’ as well as developing a greater awareness of your sensations, thoughts and emotions to have greater control over the thought pattern and process. Developing a ‘quiet’ mind is a crucial skill you will develop with yoga.
Keeps Your Joints Supple
Because yoga takes your joints through their full range of motion, this has the added benefit of helping to prevent arthritis by working the areas of cartilage that aren’t frequently used. Your joint cartilage is similar to sponge, and it can only receive fresh nutrients when the existing fluid is squeezed out. Practising yoga movements allows for this squeeze and absorb process, keeping your joints in excellent condition.
Improve Your Clarity Of Mind
An important element of yoga is focus. Numerous studies have shown that regular yoga practice not only improves coordination, memory and reaction time but even IQ Scores! Yoga helps your grey matter beyond the class. Many say that yoga helps them to think more quickly and clearly in stressful situations and enables them to control their thought processes more effectively.
Can Help You Live Longer
Yoga has so many health benefits that attribute towards living a longer, happier and healthier life, but here are just a few to note: Yoga reduces your cortisol levels. Cortisol is secreted from adrenal glands in response to an acute crisis. This temporarily boosts your immune function, however excessive cortisol is linked to depression, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and insulin resistance. Practising yoga also lowers your blood sugar and ‘bad’ cholesterol and boosts HDL ‘good’ cholesterol. Reducing your blood sugar levels also decreases your risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure and even blindness. Yoga also reduces stress, which we know is a killer in our modern society.
Do you need any more reasons to love yoga?
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