Yoga is for everyone.
Yoga is one of the simplest forms of exercise you can do to improve your health, mind, and body. So if you’ve have been thinking about getting started, here are ten reasons to motivate and propel you forward.
- Improves Flexibility
Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing a greater range of motion to tight areas.
- Decrease Stress
Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation.
In face, multiple studies have shown that it can decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone.
- Relieves Anxiety
Many people begin practicing yoga as a way to cope with feelings of anxiety.
Several studies show that practicing yoga can lead to a decrease in symptoms of anxiety.
- Builds Strength
Many yoga poses require you to bear your body weight in new ways. Holding these poses over the course of several breaths helps build muscular strength.
- Increases Muscle Tone and Definition
As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles in your legs, arms, back, and abdomen.
- Could Promote Sleep Quality
Poor sleep quality has been associated with obesity, high blood pressure and depression, among other disorders.
Studies show that incorporating yoga into your routine could help promote better sleep.
- Increases Self Confidence
During yoga, you learn to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment, putting you in better touch with your physical being. You also learn to accept your body as it is without judgment. Over time, this leads to feeling more comfortable in your own body, boosting your self-confidence.
- Promotes Healthy Eating Habits
Yoga encourages mindfulness, which may be used to help promote mindful eating and healthy eating habits.
- Increases your blood flow
Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result.
- Helps you focus
An important component of yoga is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores.