I personally began my yoga practice at an early age, which means I’ve already known for many years how yoga is beneficial to me, just due to how I feel after I do it. Each time I go take a class, I wind up leaving feeling wonderful. It changes my body on a physical level, offers me confidence, and enhances my focus.
When I was in college, I’d go to classes two or three times each week. It took a journey spanning seven years of first learning and then teaching yoga before I truly developed my own daily practice, largely because I started craving it. I took notice of the fact that when I wasn’t practicing, I was feeling mentally and physically worse over the course of the day.
Yoga is Powerful
Don’t procrastinate on a daily practice for so many years as I did. If you’ve ever taken any yoga class and then walked out feeling great, you shouldn’t wait until you have a hard time sleeping at night or injuring yourself thanks to a lack of mobility. If you still need even more reasons to commit to your home practice, then keep reading to go through my list of them. Why not? Yoga truly is all that powerful.
1) After taking the RYT 200 yoga training and learning the techniques, practising yoga, at home, is free!
2) You can do this anywhere! You don’t have to have specialised equipment. You can do it on a floor, on grass, or on a rug. You can travel with your practice when you’re on a trip.
3) You can do yoga in your pyjamas! Just roll right out of bed and onto the floor. You don’t need special gym shoes or fancy yoga clothing.
4) Tailor your practice to you! Go at the pace you like, and use the poses that work best for you. No class can ever do that since every body is distinct. Your body’s needs change every day as it is.
5) Yoga will make you more productive! If you use the common excuse of being too busy and not having time, then just get up 30 minutes earlier so you can practice right away. You’ll soon see how yoga gives you more time for your day.
6) Have more energy! Yoga won’t just make you more efficient in terms of your time through better focus and relaxation, as a morning practice will energise you through increasing both your oxygen intake and blood flow throughout your whole body.
7) Regular yoga helps you get to sleep and stay there. When you bring your attention back to the present and reduce your stress, then a yoga practice can lower your cortisol levels which will stop the thoughts that distract you at night to the point of staying awake.
8) Get stronger! Yoga will help your joints, which can both ameliorate and prevent the impacts of ageing and osteoporosis. This will prevent minor injuries or falls from developing into serious damage!
9) Save your feet! Feet which are bound up inside shoes all day long wind up getting tired and sore. Shoes that aren’t supportive and a lack of exercise for your feet can leave you winding up having pronated ankles and flat feet. That can lead to serious issues like shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and knee pain. Free your feet!
10) Boost your immune system. Yoga can reduce the stress hormones which compromise your immune system. It also stimulates the digestive tract, heart, and lungs to help your body rid itself of pathogens and toxins, while also draining out the lymphatic system.
11) Get better posture. “Your time on your mat develops good postures, which means better postural habits off the mat during the day” explains Nick Critchley from The Good Physio. You can save your neck and back from longer-term tension. When you hold your head up, you can move throughout your day with confidence and even grace.
12) Reduce your anxiety. When you practice longer inhales and exhales while you focus your mind only on the present, then a yoga routine will help you keep anxiety from happening in the first place.
13) Enjoy some ‘me time’. You need time for some quiet contemplation. Everyone does, particularly if you are a caretaker or work with others all day long. When you care for yourself first, you’ll have more love and energy for others.
14) Decrease your inflammation. Research demonstrates how a yoga practice can decrease the volume of pro-inflammatory molecules within your body. This can inhibit the growth of cancer, particularly benefiting those suffering from fibromyalgia and arthritis.
15) Find your purpose. One powerful use of a daily practice is setting an intention for your day. If you do this, then you’ll prime yourself to go through life with purpose and meaning. Your intention might be as simple as an intention to be mindful of every breath, thought, and movement.