August 23 2016 – Hana Difrawy
Haven’t tried yoga yet? If you are looking for an all-around holistic form of exercise that will fix you up inside and out, then yoga is the thing for you.
Here’s how yoga makes you a happier person:
1. Lowers your blood pressure
Yoga is a marriage of movement and breath. Research has proven that exercise, meditation, and breath exercises can all help lower blood pressure without medication. With yoga, you’re getting all three for the price of one.
2. Clears your body of toxins
Taking a one-hour yoga class is like getting a full body massage from head to toe. It’s a belief in yogic practices that twisting asanas wring out the organs similar to twisting a sponge to rid it of water. This flushes your system of the toxins your body takes in from your environment, stress, and the food you eat. It’s important to drink a lot of water after class to help purge these from your system.
3. Learn what your body can do
Yoga is a great way to learn what your body is capable of. If you keep up your practice you will be amazed at what your body can do.
4. Massages your organs
A good yoga class gives a you a full-body massage, inside and out. This keeps your organs young and supple. The body begins to deteriorate and actually rots when you live a sedentary life. All of that pressing, twisting, and turning you do in yoga keeps your organs in check and functional.
5. Gives your self body awareness
In yoga, you are taught to listen to two feelings the body creates: a scream (which is anytime you feel sharp pain), and a whisper (a pleasing sensation). When you learn to listen closely to the body, you start to make better choices for it. Staying away from the screams that would eventually cause injury or illness and moving toward the whispers will bring you health and joy.
6. Meet cool people
Yogis can be some of the most nonjudgmental, chill peeps you can hang with. These people tend to take responsibility for their bodies, minds, and emotions, so it really cuts back on the drama.
7. Learn discipline
By starting a consistent practice, you teach yourself the art of discipline. By gaining the ability to commit to something, you open yourself to a world of successful possibilities.
8. Teach yourself physical balance
Yoga helps you focus your mind with your breath and also helps you build muscles to balance on your hands, head, shoulders, and feet. This will make you quicker on your toes and in your head.
9. Relieves back pain
One leading cause of back pain is having tight hamstrings. Jobs requiring lots of sitting only tighten those muscles all the more; pair that with gravity and you have yourself some serious back pain. Yoga stretches out those hamstring muscles. It pairs body positions with gravitational pull and voila! Back pain decreases if not ceases.
10. Increase your happiness
Yoga increases the production of serotonin and decreases cortisol release. So you get an extra boost of happy chemicals and block the secretion of stressful chemicals. This can help you to be a happier, healthier person.
These are only some of the many benefits a consistent yoga practice has to offer you. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a mat, find yourself a teacher, or start your beginner practice at home and get started on transforming your life with yoga.