There are so many benefits of exercise, but not everyone can or should join a gym, run a mile, or lift weights. While, not everyone can do yoga, there are many who can and do it easily. Yoga is a very gentle form of exercise and is good for just about anyone. Men, women, pregnant women, children, people suffering from physical ailments and joint diseases, and the elderly all can enjoy the benefits of yoga.
Besides physical changes in a person who does yoga: weight loss, flexibility and diminished body pain, there are also many differences to ones outlook on life. Yoga is, like what was stated above, a more gentle form of exercise and it blossoms out from the yoga mat into our everyday life.
Some benefits of yoga are:
- Able to handle stress much better
- Breathing improves
- Some if not all of your pain is eliminated
- Improve the flexibility in your joints and improve muscle tone
- Be in peace within yourself
- Be more in-tune with your body and mind
- Improve cholesterol levels
- Focus more easily
- And, many more benefits both to a person’s mental health and physical health.
The key to yoga is balance. You will need to learn how to balance on one foot. But, not only that, you will also learn how to balance everything in your life. Yoga brings about a peaceful nature to all who regularly practice and they are able to balance everything in their life from the stressful workplace to the hectic home life and everything in between.
The most beneficial reason to do yoga is because it is a more gentle way to get healthy, so there isn’t the shock to the body that a harsh exercise routine can bring about. There are no diet restrictions when practicing yoga, but the feel good after effects of yoga makes you want to have a better diet plan in place. Because yoga is more for the mind, than the body, it tricks you into wanting to do better all the way around and not be just an exercise routine. In other words, yoga is a way of life. Yes, running 5 miles a day, strength training for 5 hours a day, or doing Pilates every other day is also a way of life, but yoga is a different way of thinking all in itself. There is no yelling in yoga. There are no harsh bright lights in yoga. Yoga has to competition. It’s a mellow, peaceful, relaxing, harmonious flowing experience.
Ask yourself of what comes to mind when you think of yoga? If it doesn’t make you think of waterfalls and ocean waves or other serene places or noises, then you really should either watch a yoga DVD or class to see yoga’s benefits.. You may be surprised. And, maybe you will be encouraged into taking a class.