I’m a firm believer in the fact that there is no better time investment you can have in your life that practising yoga. A free exercise that requires nothing but the floor that fully vitalising, refreshes and energizes your mind and body is a very rare thing.
I harp on and on about the benefits that yoga can have on your life day in and day out, but there are still some people out there who still need some convincing. So, since a new year has come and gone and many of us may not have made up our resolutions yet, here are five ways in which yoga will positively change your life.
#1 – Listening to Your Body
How often do you actually listen to what your body needs apart from the obvious ‘I’m tired, I’m hungry, and I’m thirsty’? Thanks to the meditative properties that yoga has, you really give yourself the opportunity to tune into what your body is saying to you, whether it’s part of you that’s stressed out or the emotions you’re actually feeling in your mind.
#2 – Instilling Confidence in Who You Are
There’s no reason why we can’t love ourselves for who we are. Through yoga, you can help yourself to become aware that you’re a completely unique individual and there’s nobody like you in the entire universe.
Through yoga, you become very aware that you’re in your own space where you’re free from judgements, criticisms and rules. With consistent practice, you start to bring these thoughts and feelings into your everyday life, which can have dramatically positive effects on your wellbeing.
#3 – Being in the Present Moment
As mentioned above, yoga has some very meditative properties, especially if you’re practising breathing technique and focusing on your body. When was the last time you think you were living in the present moment and now thinking about anything in the past or the future?
Likewise, when was the last time you were focused solely on an activity without distractions? I’m talking about scrolling through your social media account, messaging on WhatsApp or even just mindlessly scrolling through funny cat videos. How comfortable do you feel with just the sound of your own breath?
#4 – Enhance Your Happiness
What is happiness?
In short, it’s a collection of chemicals that are released into our brains and bodies once triggered by certain events or situations. These chemicals are known as Dopamine, Endorphins, Oxytocin and Serotonin, all of which come together to affect our mood and feelings, and overall, our happiness.
Yoga has been scientifically proven time and time again to boost the production of these chemicals, making us happier and healthier in our everyday lives.
#5 – Becoming a Better Person
Let’s say you’re aiming to achieve a certain pose and it’s a goal you’re aiming towards. As you know, being able to touch your toes or achieve the perfect downward dog isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight. It takes time and practice.
This helps us to instil patience and awareness of our actions into our everyday lives. Obviously, we can apply these feelings into our work and careers, our relationships and our family life, we will find much more inner-peace in everything we do while developing deeper and more connected bonds with the people in our lives.