3 Surprising Benefits of Yoga

When it comes to staying healthy and improving the quality of your life, pretty much any kind of physical activity is a great idea. That’s why we created the 10k Pledge as a way to encourage and incentivize people to walk and improve their health. If you’ve been active for a while and ready to change up your routine and try something new, yoga is the perfect thing to try. Yoga can be done anytime anywhere with minimal to zero equipment and can be modified for any level of fitness. Whether you are an experienced yogi or total beginner, yoga can be customized to fit anyone! Yoga has some awesome benefits too. So if you decide to take a class at your local gym or rec center or just want to try an at-home YouTube video, here are three reasons why everyone should incorporate yoga into their routine!

  1. Yoga benefits your physical and mental health.

Yoga challenges you physically but it also helps you calm down and reduces stress. Yoga puts a big emphasis on breathing. The deep breathing accompanied with poses that flow help clear your mind and detoxify the body.

Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Ashley Turner has described yoga as, “A psychology—the whole practice helps us work with the nature of the mind, the nature of being a human, how emotions live in our bodies, how they affect our behavior and our minds.”

Yoga increases blood flow to the bodies essential organs and triggers the release of endorphins. Both help you feel more energized, happy, and gives you a sense of well-being!

  1. Yoga aids in improving strength and balance.

You definitely don’t have to be flexible or have amazing balance to practice yoga, but it will help you get better at both!

Yoga helps you build strength without having to lift heavy weights. This helps you maintain lean muscle which allows you to stay strong as we age.

Yoga gently challenges you to improve your flexibility and balance, in fun purposeful poses. You’ll find that with regular practice, you’ll feel less tight, have increased energy, mental clarity, and improved mobility.

  1. Yoga helps you manage your weight.

The reduction in stress yoga provides reduces cortisol levels in the body, a stress hormone that can make us store extra fat if not kept in check. By reducing cortisol and moving our bodies, yoga is a great way to burn calories and keep our weight in check.

Since yoga is a gentle form of strength training, you’ll actually be able to build and maintain muscle. As you replace body fat with lean muscle, you’ll burn more calories during the day, even when you’re just resting!

Are you ready to start your own yoga practice? You can find lots of beginners and advanced yoga videos on YouTube and many gyms and rec centers offer free classes. Click here to find a yoga class near you and get flowing!