Why I do Yoga and Why You Should Too

I’ll be the first one to admit that I am obsessed with Yoga. There are so many benefits to practicing that no matter what age you are, how flexible you are, what style of training you do or do not do, you should be incorporating Yoga in your weekly routine.

Here are my top 4 reasons for doing Yoga at least once a week:

  1. Improves your posture

My favorite thing and one of the best things about Yoga in my opinion is that it can greatly improve your posture. Yoga emphasizes the importance of standing up tall, keeping your shoulders back, sitting tall and not caving into your bones. Designating at least 30 minutes a week to “undoing” all of the hunched over posture that we develop during our lives sitting at a desk can help retrain your muscles and structure to sit, stand, and walk with proper posture.

  1. Increases your flexibility

The second reason for doing Yoga is that it increases your flexibility. Whether your goal is to get really strong, muscular, or to just get healthier and in better shape, flexibility is the key in every scenario. Flexibility allows your body to move. It keeps you young and increases your mobility. This means better range of motion and form for lifting exercises, reduced risk of muscular injury, as well as healthier and happier muscles and bones all around in your daily life.

  1. Improves (and even increases) your strength

The third reason is that Yoga can actually improve and increase your strength in the form of flexibility and balance. Yoga helps you increase your balance through deep core and muscle work. The poses and exercises practiced in Yoga work your body in a way that few other types of exercises can – it works the deep muscular system, those muscles closest to your bones. Holding balance poses for extended periods of time actually makes you stronger and can translate to strength in the gym. Combine that with improved flexibility, and you’re setting yourself up for a mobile, strong, and healthy body.

  1. Keeps you centered and relaxed

The last reason why everyone should do Yoga is because it helps you to keep centered and relaxed. Yoga is a great form of active meditation. It’s so important to reward yourself at least once a week with 30 minutes of deep breathing, relaxation, and recovery. It can help make you happier and will melt the stresses and tensions of the week away. I truly believe in the power of meditation, and Yoga combines this idea with movement and balance to create an amazing experience that is good for the mind and the matter. See what I did there?

So for those who have never routinely practiced, or those who just don’t know where to start, I highly recommend the 30 Day Yoga Challenge. It’s free, it’s easy, it’s fun, and it is instructed very well. Yoga doesn’t have to be something you pay $20 a class for. You can do it in your home, and with this video series, it’s incredibly easy to do so. The videos are no longer than 30 minutes each, some even as short as 12. While I am not practicing every day, I’ve been doing this series no less that 3 times a week. So it’ll take me a little longer than 30 days to finish, but that’s okay.

So get ready to learn a lot about yourself, to relax, and to join in on the amazing powers of Yoga.