“I don’t have time”
“I can’t touch my toes”
“There are no studios near me”
If you think yoga isn’t for you because you can’t get your leg behind your head, think again. Whether you’re a busy parent, a pro athlete, a CEO, or a postman, you will benefit from a daily yoga practice. It’s not all about twisting yourself into pretzel-like positions and sitting around om-ing, yoga is about re-learning to breathe optimally, stand with good posture, and move in a way that will make everything in your daily life easier – from putting on your socks and sitting in front of a computer to walking on your hands!!
You don’t need to practice for hours everyday to reap the benefits. A short 15-30 minute practice will leave you breathing better, moving with more freedom, and feeling happy. Still not sure? Check out the top 10 reasons to practice yoga every day.
1. It’s a great workout
Yoga provides a great full body workout. You can adjust the session to suit your fitness level and goals and vary the poses and exercises so you’ll never get bored.
2. It’ll get you in touch with your body
We spend most of our lives distracted from our body by endless to-do lists, mindless TV watching, and the day-to-day demands of life. Yoga helps you focus on what is going on in your body so you can identify what makes you feel good and what doesn’t. You might be so tuned out from your body that you don’t notice the belly bloating after you eat bread or the niggle in your lower back after sitting at a desk all day. Yoga will help you tune back in so you can make the lifestyle changes you need to become healthier.
3. It can make you happier
21st century living is a pretty stressed out place to be. This can leave us feeling tired, snappy, and unhappy. Carving out a few minutes a day for a yoga practice will help to bring balance to your hectic life so you can release worries and anxieties and find happiness in the present moment.
4. It will improve your posture
Up to 80% of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. A big contributor to this is poor posture. You probably spend the majority of your life dashing from a to b with little thought of how you’re moving and by the end of the day you’re slumped on the sofa from exhaustion. Stop the pain before it starts by using yoga to stand tall and proud.
5. It can help you sleep better
If you’ve been to a yoga class, you will know the beautiful, floaty feeling you experience after a good relaxation. This is because yoga turns off your fight-or-flight system and turns on the system for rest-and-digest. Five to 10 minutes of yoga before you head to bed will help you sleep better and feel more refreshed come morning.
6. It will build physical and mental strength
There is no doubt that yoga will get you strong from head to toe. And the time that you spend building physical strength will also help you become stronger mentally so you can persevere through challenges and face your fears head on.
7. It can help relieve pain
From a sore back and aching shoulders to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after a tough workout, you will wake up in pain some days. If you don’t then we all envy you (or you may be out of tune with your body – re-read point 2). Daily yoga gives you the chance to focus on those area that are sore, or tight, or painful and work with specific poses to find relied.
8. It’ll help you reach and maintain a healthy weight
Whether you’re doing dynamic yoga classes to burn fat or a gentle breathing practice to reduce your stress hormones, yoga will help you build a healthy body you are happy with.
9. It will improve your flexibility
Yoga is not just for the super-bendy. Whether you have dreams of being able to do the splits or just to bend forwards without feeling a shooting tightness in the back of your legs, yoga will help. Dynamic stretches will help increase muscle length and gentle poses will release tension so you will feel more flexible and more with greater freedom.
10. It’s fun
We don’t do pain in yoga. No pain, no gain is an outdated motto that will leave you injured. You can have fun and get fit at the same time without bashing your body to bits. If exercise isn’t fun then it is very difficult to stick to so find a style of yoga you like, set yourself some challenges, and enjoy the journey.
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