Starting Yoga : Why should you start yoga? Unfortunately. no one can answer that question as well as you can. only you know the unique circumstances that led to your curiosity in exploring Yoga and testing the waters to see if it can be right for your body, mind, and soul. There are, however, many benefits to starting a physical “asana” practice in some school of Yoga. Some of these benefits might include :
Starting Yoga It can be a great, customizable workout
Thanks to the wide variety of yoga available today, you can customize your personal program or even find a public class fitting almost exactly what your body needs for the day. Interested in getting your sweat on? Take a heated class or fast Vinyasa flow. Want to work on flexibility? Hit up a class centered around lengthening. Need some restorative love? Try Yin Yoga.
Yoga can build mental & physical strength
Whether you’re holding a pose for longer than you originally wanted or maybe thought you could, or you’re challenging yourself to try something new in your practice, asana is helping you grow mentally, physically, and even emotionally.
Asana creates body awareness
Practicing Yoga will help with coordination and grace. You will learn how your body feels in a wide variety of forms and positions, and students generally notice heightened awareness off the mat as well, increasing body perception in their every day lives.
Your posture will likely improve
With heightened awareness, as well as increased strength and flexibility from the physical practice, often comes improved posture as well. Yoga focuses on lengthening and active flexibility work, reinforcing good posture practices throughout the flow.
You might sleep better
Better sleep from Yoga can be caused by multiple factors. First, you’re getting a structured workout regimen. Daily physical activity leads to improved sleep! In addition, Yoga often introduces a specific breathing practice. Paying closer attention to the breath can decrease stress levels, lowering cortisol and increasing sleep quality.
Meditation Meditation Meditation
Meditating doesn’t necessarily mean sitting in silence with incense lit and a mantra soundtrack playing in the background. A few minutes of quiet sitting, standing, walking, or lying before practice can help you settle into your space, tune in to your body, detach yourself from the myriad of thought flashing through your mind, and focus on your practice at hand. It becomes a useful tool off the mat as well, since most of us encounter stressful situations in our modern lives that could benefit from a little detachment and quiet contemplation.