Sports aren't your thing? You've been toying with the idea of starting yoga for a while? Or are you even of the opinion that yoga is not the right thing for you? Then it's high time to take a look at the unique benefits of yoga. Because there are many good reasons to start with effective physical exercises. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner. Once you integrate yoga into your daily routine, you won't want to miss it in your life.
Here are our top 5 reasons why you should start yoga today.
Reason 1: Yoga is suitable for everyone
When you think of yoga, is your first thought of well-toned, sweaty bodies in acrobatic poses? It's best to erase that image from your mind real quick because it will only frustrate you. Sure, you'll get stronger and more flexible after years of training, but that shouldn't scare you away from yoga. There are countless types of yoga – from absolutely relaxing to extremely sweaty.
If you're an absolute beginner, you should first ask yourself what you mainly want to achieve with yoga. Relaxation, muscle building, more flexibility? Depending on that you choose e.g. Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, or Power Yoga. The yoga instructor keeps a close eye on all participants and helps you to perform the asanas correctly. You will see that after a few sessions you will feel more confident and the first doubts and insecurities will disappear by themselves.
Reason 2: Your body becomes stronger and flexible
It is typical in yoga that the individual asanas are held for a long time. This may be unusual and strenuous for your body, especially at the beginning, but after a short time, you will get used to it. By holding the exercises for a long time, your muscles will be strengthened and your entire body will become stronger. Your flexibility will also improve quickly because muscles and tendons are stretched regularly and gently during yoga.
Reason 3: yoga relieves stress
Stress accompanies us the whole life. One person can handle it well, another feels stressed by everyday tasks. Yoga helps you to gently relieve stress. You take a conscious time-out from everyday life and concentrate completely on yourself. Meditation, which is part of every yoga session, calms your mind and soul. The special breathing exercises (pranayama) are also ideal for relieving stress.
Reason 4: your health is strengthened
Sleepless nights, low blood pressure, migraines, or back problems can make your life hell. Yoga is not a panacea, of course, but it can be a great support for you and strengthen your health. Strengthening and stretching the body can relieve back pain and headaches. By being mindful of yourself regularly, self-doubt or thought carousels can disappear, and sleep is improved.
Reason 5: Yoga gives you time for yourself
In everyday life, it's easy to forget yourself and your needs or to put them on the back burner. There's the job that you want to do 100% perfectly, a relationship that needs a lot of attention, children that cost a lot of energy, and so on… there's often not much room left for the “I”. When practicing yoga you give yourself and your body valuable time. You can concentrate on yourself and your needs. Problems often disappear into thin air when you listen to your inner self. Because your subconscious mind continues to work even after yoga and helps you to solve problems and to be complete with you.
5 good reasons for yoga are not enough?
Besides our top 5 reasons to start yoga today, there are of course many more! Because yoga is not just a challenging alternative to sports, it is a way of life all its own. These are more benefits yoga can offer you:
- Body, mind, and soul come into harmony.
- holistic body training.
- increase self-confidence.
- glued fasciae can be loosened.
- your body feeling improves.
- yoga can be practiced almost everywhere, you only need a yoga mat.
The best day to start with yoga? Today!
Sounds too good to be true? The best thing to do is to try yoga without any obligation. Many yoga studios offer free or discounted trial classes. Especially in the beginning, it makes sense to try out several yoga styles to find the right one for you. So if you've made the decision to try yoga and after the first trial class you feel “Oh that's not what I imagined…”, don't be put off immediately. Every yoga teacher holds their class differently and empathy also plays a big role. Because if you find the teacher unsympathetic, you can not fully engage in the yoga practice. In any case, we hope you enjoy discovering yoga and meditation.