Unless you’ve been living in a box, you are likely well aware that yoga is the next big thing. If you haven’t tried it by now, it could be time to go with the flow and see what all the fuss is about. But is it just a trend that will fade over time, as many so often do? Quite honestly, despite its recent surge in popularity, there are many reasons why you should be trying yoga. The ancient practice has been used for centuries to promote balance and wellbeing and now in modern times; we are discovering more and more reasons why yoga is a fantastic pastime.
It doesn’t matter how fit you are
Yoga really is for everyone, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a total novice or an aspiring yogi. It is incredibly inclusive, and thanks to its mindful nature and spiritual context, most classes and studios will not make you feel like you need to be in great shape or super bendy to begin practising. What this means is that it is a wonderful way to start your fitness journey if you’re feeling a little rusty.
You’ll sleep better
There is a considerable amount of evidence to suggest that regularly practising yoga can help to improve sleep quality as well as the ability to fall asleep faster. So much so, that research and advice charities such as The National Sleep Foundation recommend practising yoga as a way to improve many sleep conditions, including insomnia. Even if you don’t suffer from a particular condition, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that yoga can enhance the quality of sleep, helping you to feel refreshed.
It makes you more productive
The combination of exercise and meditation that comes with yoga can result in some profound effects on concentration and productivity. Many people have found that the more yoga allows them to relax and unwind, the more energetic and focused they feel at work. This has been so widely recognised that even national corporations offer yoga initiatives to employees. If it’s good enough for Apple, it’s good enough for us.
Yoga is good for the soul
In a world where we spend a decent portion of our time rushing around, working and generally doing life, it can be easy to forget to take a moment just to appreciate and be grateful. The mindful aspect of yoga provides a platform to take a moment and listen to yourself and the world around you. Many people who practise yoga find that it can help them to understand their thoughts and emotions better and help them to prioritise.
It’s a great way to socialise
Find it hard to meet new people? A yoga class will put you together with like-minded individuals, who you may end up developing a friendship with. It’s good to treat yourself to dedicated time to spend socialising and doing something you enjoy.
You could go on a yoga retreat
You could take your newfound love to the next level and treat yourself to an immersive and enjoyable yoga retreat. It is a fantastic way to experience an alternative style of holiday, spending time exercising and discovering a deeper connection with yourself and nature. Many are eco-friendly retreats, meaning you have the added benefit of contributing to eco-tourism, something that all environmentally conscious travellers should consider in the modern-day.
You’ll feel great
Last but certainly not least, practising yoga will make you feel fantastic! When you exercise, your body releases more of the feel-good hormone, serotonin, which can help to lift mood and boost confidence. If you combine yoga with a balanced diet and lifestyle, it can also help you to feel stronger, healthier and better in your body.
There are so many more great reasons to get out and start doing yoga, book a class today and find out for yourself!