There are literally dozens of reasons to start practicing yoga right now (like, right now) is a great move for your health and wellness. There is a reason yoga has been around for thousands upon thousands of years. More people every year are coming to yoga for myriad different reasons and finding that it provides far more than they ever expected. You don’t even need to spend money on equipment to get started!
A good, thorough yoga practice can be done from a chair, seated on the floor with a cushion or folded up bath towel, even just from a standing position, no mat needed! Yoga is meant to be accessible to everyone, and here at Gro Yoga, we believe that as long as you can breathe, you can do yoga. So for those of you who are still on the fence about beginning your yoga journey, here are just 3 reasons that might tip you over to the zen side!
Yoga Helps Reduce Stress
It’s not news that yoga helps reduce stress, but you can’t just bust out your mat in the middle of a stressful situation to regain control, right? You don’t have to. That’s because when you practice yoga on a regular basis, even just ten minutes a day, what your brain learns on the mat, it carries with it off the mat too!Practicing yoga and being intentional about it, in other words, focus on the yoga when you’re doing yoga, creates new neural pathways in your brain.
When you hold and breathe through a pose that’s somewhat challenging, you are teaching yourself resilience. The brain learns that you are strong enough to withstand a difficult situation, and then the next time you face a challenge somewhere else in your life, your brain now has a new, more resilient pathway to take, and the more you practice being resilient in yoga, the stronger that pathway will become!
Yoga Builds Strength
When you think of yoga, bodybuilding isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. While you are unlikely to become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger just doing yoga, it does in fact strengthen and build muscle. The vast majority of yoga postures, or asanas have variations that either make them more accessible or more challenging.
This means you can build on the poses, strengthening your smaller and/or weaker muscles to take on stronger and more challenging variations as you grow in your practice. Even if you only do chair yoga, you can build strength, improve range of motion, and increase your flexibility.
Yoga Can Improve Confidence
As you continue practicing yoga, you will notice improvements in your flexibility, strength, and in the way you handle stress. All this adds up over time, and you start feeling more capable, accomplished, more at peace with yourself, and it’s hard to feel all that and not be confident.Yoga is not magic, it’s science. and the science that plays out in your mind and body through regular yoga practice can be pretty incredible. It’s why yoga is beginning to be incorporated more and more into recovery and rehabilitation treatments for addicts and people with injury.
Having confidence in yourself is important is vitally important when you are going through recovery. Yoga helps manage depression, relapse, and recovery maintenance by bringing people back to their bodies, reintroducing themselves to themselves, and showing them just how incredibly strong and courageous they can be.So, wherever you are, sit up, breathe in, exhales slowly, and #gogrowyourself