Yoga have taken the world by storm recent years, with everything from yoga fashion to yoga lifestyle dominating fitness trends. Are you one of those who have missed out on this exploding phenomenon and are wondering where all the buzz is coming from? Well, we would lie if we told you that it is not benefiting from the current hype, but there are actually a lot of reasons why you should at least give it a shot. Down below, we list our top 10 reasons why you should start doing yoga!
1. Yoga gives you flexibility
One of the most known benefits of doing yoga is that your mobility is enhanced. From being far from being able to touch your toes, you can notice an improvement in a pretty short time span.
2. You are building muscles
You are not only building on your flexibility; strong and lean muscles are also an end result of yoga. The muscles are protecting your bones and your joints in your body which can help against inflammation in your muscles or joints. Muscles also contribute to increase burning fat and keeping a healthy heart!
3. Yoga perfects your posture!
Bad posture can lead to a bad back and problems in the knees. Exercises like doing the plank, the tree or the cobra is really good for your posture. They activate the deep core, Transversus Abdominis, that is vital to a good looking posture.
4. You can do yoga everywhere, anytime!
You do not always have to go to a yoga studio to get in a session. Either on the living room floor or outside on the grass could work great as a substitute for the yoga studio. On YouTube you can find great yoga classes or even 30-day challenges.
5. Yoga improves your balance
The “proprioception” (meaning: a man’s perception and ability to determine the position of all its body parts) are being greatly improved by doing yoga and is a vital part of keeping balance. It will also work as an improvement of balance as you are getting older, why yoga is great for seniors!
6. Yoga provides an inner calm.
Yoga is a perfect way of releasing stress from within. Additionally, it is scientifically proven that yoga lowers stress and also your blood pressure, according to a study published in “Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome”.
7. Yoga is great for your lungs
Did you know that those exercising yoga tend to breath with less breaths but with more volume than those who are not performing yoga? It is a more efficient way of breathing and it is also calming for the body. A study published in “The Lancet” 1998 showed that trough “complete breathing” (a yoga technique) that reduced the breathing frequency at the same time as workout-capacity increased.
8. Yoga is good for your brain
Besides being good for your body, yoga is actually also improving you physically! Yoga is strengthening the cognitive function in the brain, the one that is helping you receiving and processing memories. It also improves your memory function and increases your reflexes.
9. You are here and now
Yoga is a perfect way of accepting the “now” and live where you stand, so to speak. Meditation in yoga helps you dealing with what is happening now and helping you getting a clear picture of life.
10. Yoga boosts your soul
Instead of looking at yoga as a way of burning calories and checking of the workout of the day, try yoga for the soul. You will feel that you become a part of something bigger. Even feelings such as empathy, gratefulness and forgiveness will pop up. You will notice that your self-esteem is being increased and that you will be happier for being you! If you are looking for more yoga inspiration, reviews of yoga mats or yoga wear, check out InspirelivingHQ and get the latest on yoga trends!