Yoga relaxes the mind, body and spirit. With all of its twisting poses and splits, it might look difficult – but it’s much easier than you think!
Even better, yoga isn’t just fun, it’s also great for your health. Once you start doing yoga, you’ll find yourself leading a more stress-free, healthy lifestyle.
First, let’s look at its benefits.
Yoga Relieves Stress
Stress is caused by a hormone called cortisol. Yoga reduces this hormone and therefore decreases stress, along with illnesses that your stress may have caused. Yoga improves your digestion and bolsters your immune system, lowers your blood pressure, and helps alleviate fatigue, asthma, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
It is also a spiritual practice. As your stress lowers and your mind clears, you’ll become more attuned to the minute workings of your body as well. As your mind-body synergy strengthens, so will your memory, concentration and coordination.
Yoga Will Make You Stronger And Help You Lose Weight
Yoga uses every single muscle in your body – even the ones you didn’t know you had. The more you work these muscles, the stronger they become; after just a few weeks you could notice increased strength in your biceps, calves and even your neck. Even better, yoga makes energy and endurance shoot up, so you could find yourself more able – and even excited! – to push your body.
Even low-intensity yoga can help you lose weight. When cortisol levels decrease, so does the desire to stress-eat and consume junk food for bursts of energy. People who do yoga regularly have also reported better self-esteem and all-around wellness.
Yoga Will Help You Sleep
High levels of stress keep people up at night, but reduced cortisol makes for a deep and satisfying sleep. It’s incredible – yoga can’t solve your problems, but it can give you more a more peaceful and clearer head, which will help you fall asleep faster.
Most yoga routines also include a relaxing cool-down session, so practicing right before bed can put you in the right mindset to rest.
Yoga Improves Flexibility And Helps Relieve Pain
If you suffer from chronic pain, you might be worried that yoga will be too difficult for you, but the opposite is true. Studies show that the physical and meditative properties of yoga can help relieve pain for people who suffer from arthritis, back pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis and autoimmune diseases.
Not only will you feel less pain in your daily life, you’ll also feel less pain while doing yoga, and you’ll find yourself becoming more and more flexible. People who can’t touch their toes on the first day often find themselves doing standing splits after a little practice.
So how do you actually get started doing yoga?