To answer why you should practice yoga is simple and pure — it will make you feel better. However, we avoid many things in our lives that we know will help us to feel better. Things like getting enough exercise, going to therapy and eating enough dark leafy greens take the back burner as we manage more demanding issues.
Devoting yourself to a yoga practice allows you to attend to whatever it is that is ailing you. Some yogis find their way to the mat to find relief for joint pain while others practice quieting the monkey mind. No one person can tell you what it is that you need. Exploring what your body and mind desire is your journey to take and yoga is one of many options available to you. We are here to serve as a guide and offer further information, both on and off the mat.
From a physiological perspective, yoga has proven to help with the following:
- Decreasing chronic joint pain and stiffness
- Treating tension headaches
- Lowering blood pressure
- Easing symptoms of arthritis
- Increasing blood circulation
- Improving symptoms of asthma
- Managing chronic fatigue
- Stimulating the immune system
- Relieving stress and anxiety
The body is a living, breathing miracle. Yoga works with the body to ignite its natural healing systems. Yoga is available to any person — no matter body size, type, or ability. In addition to the physical benefits yoga offer us, it is also has a number of psychological benefits that cannot be as easily quantified.
Practice to Maintain Balance
As humans, our lives are full of different things which require our attention that must constantly be kept in balance — work, relationships, our health, hobbies. We live in a state of consistent over-stimulation we are often forced to endure. People vying for our attention, frequent phone calls, texting, social media, meetings, obligations, traffic, endless meal prep, school, family obligations, the list goes on.
Yoga enables us to shut out the stimulus for a short time and succumb to the present moment of being. A deep focus on the breath allows us to intentionally feed our bodies and minds fresh oxygen-enriched intention of positivity, love, and kindness. Within your yoga practice, you can reject the binary of societal standards and be your most authentic self. When you are on your mat the need to focus on external issues will all just drip away.
As you work towards a more balanced state within your own yoga practice you will experience it radiate out into other aspects of your life. You may find it easier to deal with stressful situations by turning towards your breath instead of being reactionary or shutting down entirely. You may notice your relationships with others deepening on new levels you have not seen before.
Practice Yoga to Fulfill Your Potential
There are many opportunities to test your boundaries and to be humbled in your practice, both physically and mentally. Through a number of different modifications, you can watch your body strengthen and grow to achieve the full expression of poses. Using your breath and meditation techniques you can learn to better sit with yourself in stillness, something some of us are fearful to do.
There may be areas of your life you are not quite ready to stretch but through your yoga practice, you can learn how to become more vulnerable with yourself by building strength and trust with your own body and mind over time. Your yoga practice may be led by suggestions from a teacher but you are the one who knows how it can best serve you. The answer to this question may reveal itself slowly or evolve as you spend more time on your mat. The only way to dig deeper is to show up. So, are you prepared to show up for yourself today?
If you are interested in becoming a Yoga Alliance certified teacher, consider attending one of our yoga teacher trainings. If you would like to learn more about what yoga can provide for you, please feel free to contact us through our contact page.