5 Benefits of Daily Yoga Practice
Practising yoga daily can make you happier and healthier. Here are some reasons you should get back on the mat
It might be overwhelming to think about practising yoga every day if you are new to it but it’s pretty much doable, even if you can only spare 15 minutes of your time.
Yoga can improve your mood and wellbeing in a myriad ways. Many celebrities, athletes and other highly successful people swear by the benefits of yoga and make it an integral part of their daily lives. It is how they find relaxation and strength to cope with their demanding professional lives.
Here are some reasons why getting back on the mat regularly will be totally worth it:
1. It calms the mind - By connecting with your breath and doing simple poses, such as child’s pose, you can clear your mind in the morning and focus on tasks during the day.
2. It improves strength, flexibility and posture - You will strengthen your arms, shoulders, abs and legs; stretch and tone your body muscles. Over time, your body will become more flexible, with poses like downward facing dog, and you will be able to do the poses more easily. Yoga will also help improve your posture and alleviate any pain caused by bad postures.
3. It boosts energy levels - Even a few minutes of yoga can make a noticeable difference in your energy levels and help you feel fresh even during a busy day. By practising it in the evenings, you can restore your energy to make the most of the remaining hours of the day.
4. It helps lose weight - Power yoga and hot yoga will help you burn fat. However, a daily yoga practice, even with gentle poses, can also positively impact your metabolic system and restore hormonal balance, which will lead to weight loss.
5. It reduces stress - The role of yoga in reducing stress has been recognised by many companies which are introducing short sessions during office hours, as part of their employee wellness programmes. You can also use it on your own to disconnect from your worries and to face challenges calmly.
Yoga, with its combination of body and breath work, can be a powerful healing source and is a safe and holistic way to improve your fitness. However, if you have any medical conditions or severe pain in any part of the body, it is advisable to consult a healthcare provider or at least a yoga expert before trying out any difficult poses.