Like many long-time practitioners of yoga, I often reflect on the many ways that practicing yoga has improved my life.
Yoga hasn’t just transformed my body, it has improved how I see the world, how I see myself, and how I relate to others.
Although yoga is a physical act, it delivers incredible benefits for both the spirit and for the mind.
In this post, I will talk about the many benefits of yoga to help you understand why I love it so much!
Yoga makes me feel powerful
Regular yoga practice has significantly improved the strength of my muscles.
Having additional strength available makes daily tasks easier to perform and gives me a sense of power.
I feel much more capable and confident thanks to yoga.
Yoga boosts my mood
One of the main reasons why I love yoga is how it affects my mood.
I can walk into a yoga session in a stressed mental state and within a few minutes I am feeling relaxed and calm.
I also find that Yoga is one of the most effective ways to rid myself of any negative energy or repetitive thoughts.
Once the session is over, I am positive, energised, and beaming with excitement.
Yoga reminds me to live in the moment
Many people who are living hectic lives become fixated with events that have occurred in the past or which may occur in the future.
Unfortunately, obsessing about past or future events can become mentally debilitating and lead to stress or anxiety.
Yoga helps by forcing your focus onto the present moment.
You will be completely focused on your breath, the tension in your muscles, and the pose you are currently performing during the session.
You will be fully engaged in the present moment and not obsessing about other events.
This is a liberating and relaxing feeling.
Yoga eases my aches and pains
Another reason why I love yoga is the rehabilitative effect it has on the body.
Yoga encourages blood flow, oxygenates the blood stream, and stretches out the joints.
The body also releases endorphins during a yoga workout (natural analgesics that reduce pain).
I find that many of the aches or pains that I occasionally experience can be sorted out with a quick yoga session.
Yoga makes me less selfish
Like most people, I have a tendency to think about myself a lot.
Where am I going for dinner, how do I look in these yoga pants, where will I take my next holiday, and so on.
It’s all about me!
Unfortunately, obsessing about yourself doesn’t make you a well rounded person.
Yoga helps by making me detached from the selfish thoughts that often pop into my head.
Instead of incessantly thinking about myself, I can take more time to think about the other people in my life.
By thinking about their needs, I can be a better friend, better lover, and better family member.
When I prioritise the needs of others, I feel more satisfied with my life and my relationships become even stronger.
Yoga reminds me to breathe
Practicing yoga reminds me of the power of breath.
It helps me be more aware of how I am currently breathing and makes it easier to use breath to modify my emotions.
When I use yoga breathing techniques, I immediately feel less stressed and much calmer.
Yoga improves my ability to focus
The modern world is full of distractions.
Social media, mobile phones, and other electronic devices are constantly vying for our attention.
Practicing yoga helps me shut out these distractions and focus on the things that matter, like spending time with the people I love and living an ethical life.
Yoga makes me less clumsy!
Yoga has helped me become much more coordinated by improving my balance and flexibility.
This has made me a much less clumsy person.
Yoga improves my willpower
Like most people I have various vices and impulses that I wish to control.
Yoga helps by significantly improving my willpower.
This helps me avoid that additional sugary snack or extra piece of cake after dinner.
Yoga gives me inner peace
After my yoga session is over, I feel at one with the earth.
My body is energised, my mind is clear, and I feel full of life.
I also have an overwhelming sense of inner peace.
Everything feels right about he world and I am glowing with positivity.
That might be the main reason why I love yoga!
I hope you enjoyed reading Why I Love Yoga.
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