I’m no serious yogi. I have a hard time clearing my mind, taking the time to practice, and most of all, stretching. In the words of my high school cross country coach, “Tiffany, you’re about as flexible as an oak tree!” Thanks Coach.
I’ve only been to one “real” yoga class, and I only went to that one because the kind folks at FitSugar paid for it. I usually stick to freebie videos I find online.
I like yoga. I like the calming effects. I like focusing on my breathing. I like feeling all the little muscles I usually forget to notice. I even like trying to touch my toes.
Kevin and I have committed to doing one yoga session every night this week. It has to be longer than 20 minutes, but it doesn’t have to be hot n’ sweaty bikram or rapid-fire power. I usually only stick to power yoga videos, but that’s usually because I’m doing yoga for fitness.
Side Note: I had this Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken last night, and it was glorious.
This week is different; I’m doing yoga for relaxation. I haven’t been sleeping well the last few weeks, and I think the calming effects of hatha, vinyasa, and restorative sessions might help me turn off my brain at night.
Regular yogis already know the benefits of yoga, but for the newbies, here is a list of 10 others.
- “A sunnier outlook” according to Self Magazine (which I think would strengthen social relationships)
- Less aches & pains, especially with back pain
- Lower blood pressure (from reduced stress and the small aerobic benefits) according to WebMD
- Better sleep (I hope so!)
- “Steamier sex” also according to Self Magazine
- Better digestion (mainly when twists are included)
- Management of chronic health conditions, according to Mayo Clinic
- Higher self confidence
- In-tune with mindful eating, according to Yoga Journal
- Fitness benefits (increased strength, muscle tone, flexibility, balance, etc..)
- Do you practice yoga?
- Ever practiced yoga for a specific reason?