The Benefits of Yoga (and how it will completely change your life)
Yoga is one of the ways to become the best version of yourself. And maybe even the most enjoyable way.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
— The Bhagavad Gita
A lack of movement and constant stress is unfortunately a very common way of living. It is rare that we can actually relax (especially on a work day) and let go of all our worries.
Luckily, there is a simple way of fixing this problem: Yoga.
While many have heard this already, I’ll say it again: Yoga can heal your body, mind, and soul.
I know, you’re probably thinking that’s not a good enough reason to actually get up and do it. But just give me a chance to convince you to start doing it anyway.
In this post, I will:
- Explain the basic philosophy behind yoga.
- Tell you the benefits yoga will most likely have on you.
- Give you one last tip before you finally do your first yoga session.
What exactly is Yoga?
To keep it short, yoga is the spiritual discipline to live a happy and healthy life. Its main purpose is to connect and bring harmony between mind and body.
One who practices yoga is called “yogi” and has (in theory) reached a place of freedom and peace. The aim of yoga is self-realisation That is to say, its aim is to overcome any suffering or pain your body or mind might experience.
The idea is to explore your limits, rather than to strive for perfection, and it is a great way to learn more about yourself.
With that being said, let’s move on to the next question.
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
Most of the people that practice yoga regularly claim that they feel a lot less/no pain in their lower back, as the constant stretching of the hamstrings reduces this pain.
The other physical benefits include:
- Increased flexibility,
- Weight reduction,
- Increased muscle strength,
- A more toned body,
- More energy and power,
- Quicker recovery from injury,
and even more!
Like I mentioned before, stress plays a huge role in our lives. However, one of yoga’s biggest benefits is that it can help you manage stress and overwhelming amounts of work or responsibility.
Less stress leads to improved sleep, more focus, and less headaches. Of course, less stress also gives you more time to spend with your loved ones and yourself.
Additionally, yoga can also relieve anxiety and depression. As you’re regulating your stress response system, calming down your nervous system, and focusing on the present, you will most likely be more relaxed and can ease your anxiety without having to consume any medication.
Bonus tip: Combine yoga with meditation
The combination of yoga and meditation can do (even more) wonders to your body. It can help you gain self-awareness and a higher self-esteem, while also keeping you physically fit. You can meditate during yoga, but personally, I first do yoga and then mediate.
If you’re willing to prioritise your health and happiness in your busy life, feel free to read my post about meditation and its wonders here.
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