You have heard of Yoga. You have seen people carrying mats into a studio. You have seen people in intense-looking yoga poses on the gram and screamed in sheer horror at the thought of sitting still in a crossed leg position for five minutes straight. Now you are left wondering why you should join the yoga practice. Here are eight reasons why you should.
1. You want to be flexible
An obvious sign of any yogi is their flexibility. Just watching them fold themselves like they have no bones in their bodies makes you wonder why you can’t even touch your toes. If you are a complete newbie to even basic stretching, then you will probably struggle to do the simplest of poses, much less a backbend. But if you continue with it, you will notice a gradual slackening and one day, that seemingly difficult pose will become a piece of cake. Flexibility can come in handy in different places, especially if you want to spice up your sex life. Married or single, your flexibility on your yoga mat will move over to your lover’s bed!
2. Decent sleep
If you have been having troubles sleeping or even relaxing in general, then you should try yoga. Yoga helps in relaxing, not only your body but also your mind. This translates to a quality night’s rest and a well active mind in the morning
3. Increases blood circulation
Yoga relaxation exercises help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Inverted poses, such as headstand, handstand and shoulder stand, encourage blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs where it is oxygenated.
4. Increases your focus
Yoga helps you develop the habit of focusing on the now, being aware of what is going on around you. Most of us spend our time drifting from one thought to the other, worrying, making plans or losing ourselves completely to the fickle world of social media. A benefit of yoga is developing the ability to unplug and focus on what’s going on around you, in you and in your life right now.
5. To quiet your mind
Yoga helps you develop as sense of calm. At the beginning of yoga practice, the first thing you do is quiet your mind. Doing this can be harder than you might think and brings to your awareness the amount of clutter you have going on in your head. Yoga teaches us how to step back from our fluctuating thoughts, thereby maintaining a state of inner calm.
Just doing a few yoga moves after a stressful day at work or school is a healthy way to destress. If you have had a frustrating or tiring day or you are worried about a test result, performing yoga will help you reduce your anxiety by lowering your stress hormones. Yoga also helps in reducing high blood pressure.
7. It helps with weight loss
Yoga is exercise, but a lot of people think otherwise because of its calm and fluid movements but you actually burn calories by doing yoga. Even with its less vigorous moves, yoga will help you control your weight by reducing stress, bringing mindfulness to your eating habits, and sweating all those toxins out.
8. It helps you look younger
According to research, people who do just three 60-minute sessions of semi-vigorous yoga every week appear nine years younger than non-exercisers. Basically, yoga brings out the fountain of youth in you. So if you want to remain forever young, bust out that yoga mat today.