Yoga at Home – the Body and Mind Benefits

Yoga at Home – the Body and Mind Benefits

Yoga at Home – the Body and Mind Benefits


Yoga has increased in popularity and not just because it’s easy to do at home. Yoga benefits the body and mind in ways that no other exercise practice does. It helps calm your mind, improves your mood, increases flexibility, and even build strength.


If you aren’t doing yoga at home, here are the top reasons you should consider it.


Enhance your Body Image


Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. The bully inside your head can tell you that your body isn’t good enough. Whether you think you aren’t thin enough, flexible enough, or you just body shame yourself regularly, yoga can help.


Yoga takes your focus inward, allowing you to be aware of what your body is capable of doing. You become more focused on what your body can do now rather than how it looks. It’s the start of a more positive body image.


Release Tension


If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, yoga may help alleviate those feelings. The breathing and centring that yoga encourages helps you focus on the present which helps reduce stress. Yoga helps you feel relaxed, mentally focused, and better able to handle what lies ahead rather than feeling hectic and out of control. 


Improves Flexibility


If you’ve watched experienced yogis, you probably think you could never do what they do, but with practice, you can. Every time you practice yoga, you help your body become more flexible. If you make it a regular part of your practice, you’ll slowly loosen up and see yourself doing longer and deeper moves than when you started. 


Build Strength


Believe it or not, you don’t need weights to build strength. Yoga helps you build muscle alongside flexibility, which gives you the best of both worlds. When you strictly lift weights, you compromise your flexibility, which could work against you if you overdo it. Yoga builds muscle along with flexibility, ensuring your body can handle the changes with ease.


May Help you Eat Healthier


Many people focus on the physical benefits of exercise, including yoga, but they don’t focus on their eating habits. Yoga subconsciously helps you make healthier food choices. As you focus on your mind and body, you’ll naturally want foods that feel good rather than processed foods that provide no nutritional value.


When you eat healthier, you feel better overall in mind and body. Your body receives the nutrients it needs to regulate your hormones and your organs’ function, ensuring you feel good inside and out.


Take Advantage of the Benefits of Yoga


If you’re working from home, chances are that your body is stiff and tense from sitting all day. Even the commute to work, walking from the parking lot, and walking around the office gives your body movement. Working at home can eliminate the movement, making it easier to gain weight, feel sedentary, and even anxious or depressed.


Include yoga in your daily practice, even if just for 15 – 20 minutes a day, and realize the amazing benefits it offers.

 

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