These days it seems like everyone and their mother has a yoga practice, and with good reason. If you have yet to step onto the mat, I’ve got five great benefits that should get you moving–at your own pace, of course. A healthy yoga practice is first and foremost about you.
1. You’ll improve your strength and flexibility. Don’t tell me you’re not bendy enough to do yoga. Plenty of people start a yoga practice before they can even touch their toes. Flexibility will come from yoga, not the other way around.
2. You’ll look better. With increased flexibility and strength, comes increased muscle tone. All those downward dogs will help tighten your core, tone your limbs, and even perk up your buns. You’ll feel confident in those tight little yoga pants sooner than you anticipate.
3. You’ll develop emotional balance. A yoga practice is about more than developing physical balance. It’s about developing emotional stability. One teacher described her yoga practice to me as “introducing gentle stress into the body, so we can learn to deal with it comfortably in life, without overreacting.”
4. You’ll form a yogi community. People who do yoga are nice. (Most of them, anyway.) If they’re committed to their yoga practice, they’ll be compassionate and non-judgmental. You’ll want to spend more time around them.
5. You’ll release negative energy and stress. When you first start a yoga practice, you might notice yourself getting emotional after class. This even happens to experienced yogis. That’s because yoga helps release long-held tension and negative emotions, and eases you into mental and physical healing.
Who knows? You may love your yoga practice so much that you’re guided to become an instructor.like this help others to achieve the inner peace and vibrant health you’ve come to value so deeply.
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