Most people are aware that doing yoga is good for your health, both physical and mental. In fact, research undertaken in 2016 found that it is one of the fastest growing, and most popular, fitness activities in Australia.
There’s something to be said about rolling out your yoga mat, taking a deep breath and stretching out in to your favourite pose. It’s just so relaxing! But yoga is so much more than that. We’ve done a little research and rounded up five ways that yoga benefits your body, mind and soul. Keep reading to find out more.
Builds muscle strength
That’s right, all those challenging stretches and poses engage muscles your body didn’t even know it had! While it may be a bit of a struggle at first, with a bit of time and practice these muscles will build up a whole lot of strength.
The breathing exercises and meditation that come hand in hand with doing yoga help get rid of distracting thoughts. The flow on effect is that it helps you to focus and improves your ability to concentrate.
Well, this one is pretty obvious. Yoga stretches your body all over, giving your muscles and joints a better range of motion, aka flexibility. A bonus of this is that your body will be better placed to handle physical stress and is likely to be less prone to injury.
Calms the mind
Yoga has a big focus on breathing exercises, which has a positive impact on your mind. Deep, conscious breathing triggers the part of your nervous system that is responsible for the processes that happen in your body when you’re resting. This creates a ‘relaxation response’ in your body, helping to calm your mind.
Straightens out your back and shoulders
Yoga brings your body back into line! Sitting in school or in an office all day has a pretty bad impact on our posture. A lot of yoga poses engage your core and pull your shoulders back. The end result? Better posture overall.
After researching and finding out all these benefits, I’ll definitely be getting into yoga a lot more! What about you? Let us know your thoughts on the benefits of yoga, and as always, stay wild!