The benefits of a yoga practice have been proven time and time again. No matter who you are, adding a yoga routine into your daily life will have an impact on your mind, body, and soul.
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First of all:
1. Yoga is for everyone - whether you are young, single, with all of the time in the world or older, with a family and a busy schedule.
2. Yoga is for every body - whether your body is small, large, fit, rotund, young, or aging.
Some of the benefits of yoga that may be enjoyed by anyone and everyone:
Yoga can decrease stress and improve relaxation. We all love a glass of wine to wind down after a long day of work, but maybe sometimes we can substitute that glass of wine for yoga instead. Multiple studies have shown that yoga can decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone.
Yoga may be able to fight depression and reduce anxiety. As we spend more and more time alone during this COVID season, we find that we are more prone to depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional health issues. Yoga emphasizes the importance of being present in the moment and finding a sense of peace, which could help treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Yoga can reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a huge cause of underlying disease that scientists and doctors are only just beginning to understand. Inflammation can be caused by stress, our unhealthy eating habits, and environmental toxins. Chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of other diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Yoga may help protect us against these kind of inflammation-induced diseases.
Yoga promotes good sleep. Can't we all use more rest, and better rest?! Sleep is so important, and we likely don't get enough good quality of it in our fast-pasted society. Yoga has been shown to increase the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. As we mentioned above, yoga also has a significant effect on anxiety, depression, and stress which are all common contributors to sleep problems.
Yoga improves flexibility and balance. While we may have other exercise routines that focus on cardio or strength, our muscles receive deep nourishment from the stretching and balancing that yoga provides. This in turn increases our overall athletic performance. A study also found that practicing yoga could help improve balance and mobility in older adults.
Yoga can improve your energy levels. Don't we all want more consistent energy and to feel lighter and brighter as we go about our days? Yoga may feel induce increased mental and physical energy and boost alertness and enthusiasm. You may even find yourself singing "I'm walking on sunshine, heeeey hey!"
Yoga may improve your quality of life. For some, yoga is viewed as a quintessential therapy for life. Because of its affects on our sleep, physical wellbeing, and mental and emotional wellbeing yoga can be part of a holistic path of healing. We recommend combining yoga with meditation and healthy plant-based eating to experience a multitude of compounded benefits that you deserve.