You all know that I am very much into natural living but for some reason Yoga never struck me as something that was for me!? If I spend time working out I feel like I need to do cardio and left weights to “make it worth it”! WOW was I wrong! Having 2 kids, 2 dogs and just the stress of everyday life I never knew how much my mind needed yoga as much as my body!
It wasn’t until I hurt my back (for the second time) that made me turn to Yoga! I couldn’t do my regular workouts but didn’t want to stop working out all together so I turned to a 3 week Yoga series to really let my back rest! I’ll be honest in saying that I just completed Day 4 but I am strong, confident and RELAXED! In this article I will discuss the best reasons as to why EVERYONE should add Yoga to their everyday life!
Yoga for your body:
Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility is an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside out, so you don’t just look good, you feel good, too. Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder, and neck pain.
The digestive system gets back on track when the stretching in yoga is coupled with a healthy, organic diet, which can relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux. Another one of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look!
- Yoga increases endurance, strength, and flexibility.
- Arm and shoulder strength is increased as you use your own body weight for resistance.
- Lats, traps, and other back muscles begin to support the spine better than before.
- Abdominals and obliques are refined and toned through building core muscles.
- Posture begins to correct itself over time.
- Hip flexors are stretched and strengthened.
- Glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves are strengthened.
Yoga for your Mind:
Scientists agree that the best form of exercise is one that involves learning complex movement, including balance and coordination. Western science also goes on to say that MOVEMENT provides physiological release that we need to bring our body back into balance.
At the same time, it is also good for our brain because moving helps form more connections between the neurons in our brain. I have been focusing on my breathing while doing yoga because it helps my mind to loosen as well as my body! Even though I’m only on day 4 I find myself stopping to take deep breaths throughout the day as well…something that I previously forgot that I should do!
- improved mental well-being;
- increased neurotransmitters;
- mood regulation;
- anxiety control;
- ability to handle stress better;
- better socialization;
- ability to better process more information;
- enhanced attentiveness, and
- improved ability to choose appropriate responses.
All in all Yoga proves to be an effective tool for mental and physical well being! I learned how quickly my body (and mind) is strengthening because of the poses that are taking place! I don’t have to be running in place or lifting weights in order to improve my body! I will still do the active cardio but I will make sure that I continue doing Yoga regularly as well as I feel an intense change inside (and outside) of me that I love! It also helps to have a diffuser going while doing yoga so that you can calm your mind that much more with a scent that makes you happy or uplifts you! To see my favorite essential oils visit me here or head on over to my Facebook Page! Have a great day….NAMASTE!