5 Surprising Ways Yoga Can Affect Your Life Positively

5 Surprising Ways Yoga Can Affect Your Life Positively

“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down.” -Jigar Gor

Curious as to what all the amazingness is behind the OM?

Check out these wonderful ways that yoga does your body GREAT!

5 Yoga Benefits For Mind & Body

Boosts Your Confidence

-Yoga helps you focus on how your body FEELS… not just necessarily on how it looks (although yoga does help improve strength and flexibility).

-Research found that women who regularly practice yoga had a 20 percent higher body satisfaction rating than those who did other forms of exercise!

Improves Your Mind

-Yoga requires a degree of concentration, especially when it comes to breathing and getting into form. This specific concentration is referred to as Dharana.

-Yoga also increases circulation to your brain and helps enhance your ability to recall information.

Better Digestion and Gut Health

-Wait… yoga and gut health in the same sentence? YES!!! Because yoga helps reduce anxiety, pain, and stress, it also has a positive influence on providing relief for gastrointestinal issues such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease.

-Yoga also provides relief from pain and bloating.

Makes You Happier

-According to research studies, engaging in yoga regularly (at least once a week) helps slow the release of the stress-triggered protein cytokine.

-Too much cytokine leads to fatigue and bad moods!

-Namaste your stress away and raise the happy brain chemical GABA during each yoga session.

-Low levels of GABA are linked to depression.

Provides A Community

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
  -Jim Rohn

-A plethora of studies has shown that people who have positive connections with others are not only happier, but also healthier and live longer too!

-In yoga, this social connection is referred to a sangha - a group of like minded people.

-Yoga can provide a supportive community of empowered people who can help guide you in fulfilling your goals.

As if these 5 reasons weren’t enough to start developing your personal yoga practice stat… yoga has also been shown to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve strength
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve balance
  • Reduce depression
  • Improve immune function
  • Reduce pain
  • Improve sleep

How To Start a Yoga Practice

Whether you are an absolute beginner or have dabbled in yoga here and there, no time is better than the present in regards to starting a yoga practice.

Find a yoga community near you by searching the internet, asking your local gym, or reaching out to someone you know who practices.

Try out a variety of yoga studios until you find a “home”. Don’t get discouraged if you try one class and don’t immediately connect with it. There are a variety of different studios, teachers, and types of yoga -- so continue searching and testing out various classes until you find one that you love!

Luckily, we also live in the information age, which means you can easily start a yoga practice at home by searching for videos on Youtube or other channels.


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Lindsay Sibson

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