The Benefits of Yoga

 

Lately, I haven’t been very excited to train for my triathlon.  It’s been more of a chore than usual so I haven’t been motivated to work out at all! Instead of forcing it and half way training, I decided to switch it up for a bit. I started doing more yoga. I’ve always loved yoga because it’s low impact, it’s relaxing (well depending on what you’re doing) and it’s really beneficial for your body and mind! Here are some of the benefits of practicing yoga regularly.

Benefits of Yoga: 

Mind-body connection

Few other exercises offer the same mind-body connection that yoga does. As you match your controlled breathing with the movements of your body, you retrain your mind to find that place of calm and peace that long-time yogis know.

Positive outlook on life

Continued practice of yoga results in a balance of many hormones and nervous system, which brings about a more stable, positive approach to life.

Self-acceptance

Focusing inward and realizing through your yoga practice that perfection is not the goal, self-acceptance begins to take over. This post describes how success is not measured by perfectionism in yoga.

Self-control

The controlled movements of yoga teach you how to translate that self-control to all aspects of your life.

Concentration

Researchers have shown that as little as eight weeks of yoga practice can result in better concentration and more motivation.

Aging

Yoga stimulates the detoxification process within the body. Detoxification has been shown to delay aging, among many other health benefits.

Posture

The very nature of yoga teaches the practitioner how to hold and control one’s body in a more healthful position. Through consistent practice, your posture will improve so that you look more confident and healthy.

Circulation

Yoga improves blood circulation. By transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, yoga practice provides healthier organs, skin, and brain.

Prevent Disease

Yoga practice massages internal organs, thus improving the ability of the body to prevent disease. Additionally, an experienced yoga practitioner becomes better attuned to her body to know at first sign if something isn’t functioning properly, thereby allowing for quicker response to head off disease.

Sleep

Because of the many benefits to both body and mind that a yoga routine can provide, many find that their sleep is much better. Read here for more on sleep and yoga, as well as some positions for helping induce sleep.

Stress Reduction

The concentration required during yoga practice tends to focus your attention on the matter at hand, thereby reducing the emphasis you may have been putting on the stress in your life. Read more about yoga and stress management here.

Are you ready to incorporate yoga into your workout routine? Here are a few workouts to help you reach your goals. Enjoy! I also found a great tumblr page dedicated to black people who practice Yoga. Check it out!

 

Beginner Yoga Workout

 

Intermediate Yoga Workout

 

Yoga for Weight Loss

 

 

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