Yoga has quickly caught on in the fitness industry, as a new and exciting way to workout, release stress and to gain flexibility. People seem to think that yoga involves sitting on a mat, closing your eyes and deep breathing. In many peoples mind it’s classed as boring and a waste of time, but it’s the complete opposite of what it has been stereotyped! A yoga work out is demanding on your body and allows you to keep in shape but in a different type of way, it seems like the new and exciting way to stay fit. There are many benefits to practising yoga and here are the top 5 reasons of why you should give it a go and get on your mat and become a yogi!
Improves Your Flexibility
Flexibility is defiantly the first improvement that you will notice even in your first couple of sessions of yoga. In your first class, you might be unable to bend over and touch your toes, but don’t let this put you off! When doing any type of sport our muscles are tight and we are guilty of forgetting to stretch but yoga can help loosen and strengthen your muscles. Inflexibility in muscles can lead to pore posture, knee issues, back and joint pain due to the alignment being effected. So loosen up and go to yoga!
Drains Lymph and Boosts Immunity
When practicing yoga, your muscles contract and stretch which enables organs movement as you come in and out of yoga postures. This allows the draining of the lymph gland (a vicious fluid enriched in immune cells) this helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells and dispose of dangerous toxic waste products of cellular functioning. Who knew? So fight the flu and infections and start giving your body that boost this winter!
Makes You Happier
Feeling sad? We all have those moments, but studies have found practicing yoga has been proven to fight depression and leads to a significant increase of serotonin levels. This enables a higher level of happiness but also contributes to a healthy immune system. Smile its yoga time!
Supports A Healthy Lifestyle
Eat healthy and move whenever possible to burn those calories, that’s what every dieter thinks! But what If I told you that yoga could help be a big part of a healthy lifestyle? Practicing yoga regularly helps you keep moving and burn calories. But yoga not only aids you physically but also mentally by relieving built up stress and anxiety which can often lead to a healthy diet being disrupted, we have all done it by eating the wrong thing at our time of weakness! It allows us to address the deeper issues and therefore may make you more conscious of what you eat.
There are endless benefits from practicing yoga, so what are you waiting for!