Yoga has been a hot health topic for quite some time now and it has been gathering more followers as people shift toward a healthier lifestyle.
You probably already know someone who is excited about taking a yoga class — or you may be considering doing this yourself, but don’t know where to start. The beautiful thing about yoga is that it can be adapted to a wide range of mental and physical needs, lifestyles and fitness levels.
Available and Convenient
Unlike other physical activities that may require specialized equipment or locations, yoga is accessible and can be practised even in your own home. You mainly use your own body weight to effect the poses. The basic requirements are a yoga mat (if you practise on a hard floor) and clothing that moves with your body.
Builds up Flexibility and Strength
Through its poses, yoga helps you use your body and pushes its limits gently, without shocking it. Over time, you will notice that your flexibility will increase and you will be capable of performing wider moves with ease. Many of the poses will use your own weight to build up strength and help you achieve a lean, more defined look. When practising yoga, you get to learn how to control your body — and that helps you feel stronger and more confident.
Improves the Condition of your Whole Body
Yoga has a subtle impact over your body. Over time, your joints may regenerate more quickly because they are being used to their full range; this can relieve chronic pain or stiffness. Your core will be stronger, which helps your posture and breathing — things you will notice right away in your daily life.
Teaches you How to Control your Breathing Better
One of the main things yoga focuses on is breathing. It’s surprising how much a correct breathing technique can improve your well-being; it enhances any other sport you are practising and sharpens your mind-body connection. It truly can shift your mood and relieve stress and negativity.
Helps you Relax and Unwind
If anything sets yoga apart from many other physical activities, is the way it nurtures and trains your mind as it strengthens your body. During the poses, you learn to concentrate on each movement and focus on your breathing. This process keeps you in the present and eliminates possible distractions, so it can be an invaluable method to apply outside the yoga studio. These techniques can improve your sleep, your productivity at work and even your personal relationships.
It’s easy to see why yoga can become a way of life for some people. It’s a practice that adapts to your life as it nurtures new and healthy habits into becoming your second nature. Its effects are often subtle and achieved over time, but it won’t take long until you fall in love with it.