I had always wanted to do yoga and be a yogi, but I just never got around to signing up for a class. I practically lived in yoga pants and was constantly browsing the athleisure at Athleta. I felt like a fake – I looked like I did yoga every day, but I had never been to a class. In May, I finally signed up for a class and it has become my new favorite workout! I’ve been going at least twice a week and I even got a pretty yoga mat from Gaiam. I’m not a yoga expert, but I know that it’s really good for your mind and your body. Here are five reasons why I love yoga.
1. A Quiet Mind
You know that friend that never stops talking? You love them, you really do, but sometimes you just need them to stop talking. My brain is that friend. It is literally always thinking about something, trying to solve some problem, stressing about something, or planning my day. But, when I’m doing yoga, it stops. I finally have a quiet mind. For that hour of yoga, I have peace in my mind and it is such a relief.
2. Forget Your Worries
Having a quiet mind leads to another reason I love yoga, I can forget my problems and stresses for an hour. During yoga, you’re focusing on your breath or balancing in a pose. You don’t have time to worry about anything. It’s really nice to have that time where you can forget all of your worries.
3. Life Lessons
One of my favorite parts of yoga is the life lessons you can learn. I once had a yoga instructor tell us that if we fell out of a pose, it’s okay to laugh. Yoga isn’t serious and we all make mistakes. Replace ‘yoga’ with ‘life’ and boom, you’ve got your new motto. During poses that require balance, I’ve also had yoga instructors say that some days you have better balance than other days. You just have to do the best that you can. Another life lesson? I think so!
Yoga isn’t just good for your mental health. It’s also really helpful when you are sore. I love to go to yoga Saturday mornings after a long week of working out. By this time, I’m super sore and I need lots of stretching. Yoga helps my body recover from the week and helps me get more flexible.
5. Balance and Strength
Depending on your practice, yoga can help build balance and strength. Some poses require a lot of balance. In the eagle pose, you’re all twisted up and balancing on one foot. It not only takes balance, but also strength from the leg you are balancing on. If you’re looking to build balance and strength, find a yoga practice that is right for you.
What do you love about yoga? Let me know in the comments below!
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