“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 and Body
1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Provides A Community
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
-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 websites like yogadownload.
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Sun Salutation Guide
Surya Namaskar is a great ritual to wake up the body in the morning, focus the mind, and connect the feelings of gratitude for the new day, so waking up a little earlier in the morning to do it, can allow us to experience inner silence and more energy during the day. Get our Sun Salutations Guide here.