I used to think that yoga was just for the realm of A-listers who followed all the latest diet and fitness trends. I had it in my head that to enjoy yoga, I’d need to be grazing on goji berries and eschewing all carbs forever… but I couldn’t have been more wrong. There are so many ways yoga has been beneficial, which I’m going to share with you in this post.
Aches and pains
This is one of the best known benefits of yoga – all that bending and stretching can only help to get rid of all the aches and pains from everyday life. I used to get a sore back and shoulders from sitting at a desk all day, but since I’ve started yoga, it’s been much less of a problem.
I’ve always had trouble trying to sleep. My head hits the pillow and my mind is racing for another hour or two before I finally drift off. I was amazed, though, when after just a couple of sessions, I was getting to sleep about half an hour earlier. The only problem was that I was sleeping so soundly it was harder to get up in the mornings!
Modern life is stressful. There’s no doubt about that. Computers don’t work, phones don’t work. In fact, does anything work as it should anymore? But yoga has left me so chilled out. Even my husband has commented on the fact I take everything in my stride these days, which is lovely! It can be tricky to stay calm when the workload mounts up, but yoga has given me time to re-evaluate and clear my mind.
A toned body
I didn’t start yoga with the intention of improving the way I looked, but it’s been a great side effect. Depending on the type of yoga, you can burn several hundred calories in an hour – much more productive than watching TV! I’ve noticed a real difference in the firmness of my stomach, thigh and arm muscles, which can only be a good thing, surely?
A sunnier outlook
There have been lots of studies showing that those who practise yoga tend to have a more positive outlook on life. I have to admit, I was a little sceptical about this one, but friends have noticed a definite improvement in my mood. To really reap the benefits, take a class with friends which will most likely give you the added benefit of laughter – a well-known stress reliever!
About the author:
Emma Lawson is a newfound fitness fanatic who has been learning more about a range of exercise and fitness regimes