One of the amazing things about yoga is that it has so much to offer to anyone who practices it. But this begs the question – what, exactly, are you looking to get out of your practice? Whether you’re a new yogi or an experienced one, knowing exactly why you do yoga can make a big difference in helping you reach your goals.
So before you step onto the mat again, ask yourself why you’re on your yoga journey. And if you need some ideas, we’ve got you covered!
- To relieve stress (and feel good!). Yoga is frequently marketed as a form of stress relief, and for good reason. According to Mayo Clinic, studies have highlighted a connection between yoga and reduced stress and anxiety levels, as well as a happier mood. Since deep breathing and stretching alike can help the body release tension, it makes sense that yoga helps us relax and feel better!
- To improve flexibility. Over time, stretching and the repeated motions of yoga can help tight muscles loosen and encourage flexibility. From tight hamstrings to tight hips, yoga poses can help address stiffening muscles that would otherwise cause soreness, slow your movements, and affect your balance.
- To lift your posture. Modern life is not kind to our bodies. However regular yoga routines can help stretch the muscles that tense during a day at your desk. Yoga can also address the back, neck, and joint pains caused by our modern lifestyle – and encourage you to take a less-painful pose during your workday.
- To build your strength. One of the beautiful things about yoga is that it can be a no-equipment exercise. Through movement and supporting your own body weight you improve your strength over time. Granted, yoga alone isn’t likely to lead to ripped abs or toned biceps, but regular practice will definitely improve the strength of your arms, legs, back, and core.
- To reduce pain. Regular stretching, improved strength, and better posture can also combine to form another benefit: reduced pain levels. While yoga isn’t a cure for every ache, multiple studies have shown that it can address some chronic cases of pain if the source of pain is related to tight muscles, bad posture, or poor flexibility.
- Encourages better sleep. It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep these days, especially with our busy lives and noisy digital devices. If you’re struggling to get the rest you need, regular yoga may be the key! After all, yoga is all about relaxing and calming the mind – it makes sense that it can help you drift to sleep at night.
- Helps you manage your health goals. When combined with a doctor’s prescribed care routine, yoga has the potential to help individuals manage their weight, lower their risk of heart disease, control their blood pressure, and more. Understanding the details about your specific health needs is important as yoga should never replace a doctor’s orders – but discussing how to incorporate it into your routine could be quite effective!
Now that you have an idea of what you want out of your practice, you can begin the process of selecting your next yoga class! Different classes and practices can help you enjoy these benefits of yoga more quickly and effectively. If you’re not sure which class is the right fit for you, you can ask us for advice – we’ll make sure you’re directed to the right practice!
Ready to hit the mat? Don’t forget to sign up for your favorite upcoming yoga classes – whether you’re primarily interested in strength, relaxation, or general wellness, Green Yoga can provide the support and instructions you need to address the needs of your body, your mind, and your overall wellness.