1. Improve flexibility, strength, posture and fitness
Daily yoga will help stretch and tone your body muscles. You don’t have to be super flexible to practice yoga, it can be practised at all levels of ability. When thinking of improving your fitness, most of us think of huffing and puffing away at the gym, but that’s not the only way to exercise. Yoga gives you all that a gym can, but in a peaceful, safe and more holistic way. It combines aspects of cardio, functional and strength training all in one.
Daily yoga also helps improve your body posture. Aches and pains caused by incorrect body posture such as back pain will be alleviated.
2. Lose weight and Increase your energy
An everyday gentle yoga practice will fuel the metabolic system and will help burn fat, leading to weight loss. Daily yoga can also help restore the hormonal balance in your body, which can normalise your body weight.
Levels of cortisol, the hormone that is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration, will be lowered, leading to less overeating. Daily yoga also strengthens the overall mind-body connection and helps you deal more effectively with unpleasant emotions rather than reaching for food to suppress those feelings, and it can provide that much-needed energy boost keeping us fresh for longer.
3. Reduce stress and increase happiness
Any yoga practice should be made up of three elements; poses, breathing and meditation. Studies have shown that those people who regularly practice all three elements are better able to regulate their heart-rate variability. This generally means that their heart rate is lower, giving the body the ability to respond to stress in a more flexible way. Relaxing yoga poses such as the forward fold or lying on your back with your feet up the wall can calm both your body and mind.
When practising yoga, you will shift your awareness to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that accompany a given pose. That awareness will bring the mind back to the present moment where it can stay happy and focused. You will feel more calm and relaxed, and less stress and anxiety. You will experience higher levels of energy and enthusiasm and more self-confidence and self-acceptance.
4. Improve concentration and think clearer
Yoga poses and meditation require you to concentrate on your breathing. This process of observing your breath calms your mind and makes you more mentally relaxed. As a result of this, you’ll able to recollect and retain more information. Meditating for just a few minutes in the morning can result in better concentration throughout the day.
By reducing mental stress and physical tension, we are able to recall easier and have more organised thoughts. Improved cognitive function happens when we are able to clear our minds and refresh. Overall, by reducing mental stress and physical tension, you’ll be able to think sharper and have more organised thoughts.
5. Breathe better and Live Longer
Yogic breathing techniques focus on trying to slow down the breath and on breathing fully. This will make you feel more relaxed and balanced and will help you face the day with confidence and calm. You can adopt these techniques whenever needed in daily life. They can help you stay calm in emergency situations, think clearer in stressful situations and they can help reduce pain.
Everyday yoga can help you increase your level of fitness, regulate your heart rate, reduce your stress levels and make you a happier person. All those elements may add valuable years to your life. It’s also known that yoga decreases the risk of heart disease, and it reduces the pace of your breathing which has been directly linked to a longer lifespan.