5 Reasons to Try Yoga

I've found a new obsession. Yoga. I try to do a little bit every day, but I schedule at least two days a week to practice yoga for at least a full 30 minutes. I love the way yoga makes me feel, but maybe me telling you that isn't enough, so here's 5 reasons to try yoga.


1. You Can Do It At home!
I love me a good yoga class at a facility, but at around $10+ a class around here, it's hard for me to justify the money. I recently purchased The Yoga Deck from Barnes and Noble and have loved pulling a few random cards and getting some quick yoga when I have a few minutes. You can also search for "yoga" on YouTube and find hundreds of free videos!

2. Lowers the Risk of Injury
Constant strenuous exercise is hard on your body. Yoga can help rebalance your body as well as create more flexibility which is key to preventing future injuries. It keeps your muscles in balance and helps improve posture.

3. It Can Help You Lose Weight
If you don't know much about hormones, that's okay, but google Cortisol, and say hello to the little guy that makes you carry extra weight due to stress. Stress! Isn't it annoying that just being overwhelmed can cause you to have a larger midsection? Yoga is proven to reduce stress levels, especially if you are doing a form of yoga that involved meditation. Reduced stress levels mean less Cortisol which means less muffin top. #winning

4. It is Simple Cross-Training
I picture crazy sweaty lunks doing cross fit, but yoga is like cross fit for dummies! You get flexibility, strength and stamina all at once when you practice yoga. It's an easy way to work lots of different muscles at the same time.

5. Improves Mood and Boosts Confidence
Yoga has been shown to significantly help those who have anxiety or depression, even severe depression. Yoga can quiet mind-chatter and and help you feel more relaxed. Yoga also helps send more oxygen to the brain which leaves you happier and more content with where you are.

So tell me, are a you a practicing yogi?

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18 comments:

Ashley Z. said...

I love YOGA! :)

Notes from a Newlywed said...

I tried it once and kind of hated it. Maybe it was just the specific workout I selected, but I feel like I got nothing out of it and she kept saying stuff like, "feel yourself connecting with the floor. really focus on this moment." I was all, 'when can we work out?!' Haha. I much prefer pilates!

Kakers said...

I wish I could do Yoga but I have a serious form of Neuropathy. Which means I don't have full control of my nervous system and I'm always in pain.

Stacia, Paper Swallow Events said...

I love yoga, I just always forget to make it a habit. I tend to phase in and out.

Cailin Koy said...

I am totally a proponent of yoga. It makes you feel so much better when you get in the habit of doing it!

Breanna said...

Major props to you! I have never tried yoga, but I'd love to give it a try! :)

♥ Breanna | www.morethanloveblog.com

Nicole said...

I haven't tried yoga yet, but I took a class that was half strength training & conditioning and half pilates. And pilates is pretty similar to yoga, I think? I really loved that class! You're so right -- it definitely improves your mood and confidence. I always felt so amazing after a good, hard workout!

twolittlepigs downunder said...

We've been meaning to try yoga for so long as we need to work on our flexibility! All the reasons you've listed make me want to try it more! :)

Neely said...

I love yoga!

Amby Felix said...

I absolutely love yoga!!!

Jessica Starks said...

I'll have to try it out one day!

Alicia Snow said...

Yoga is so hard!! I have a hard time getting into it just because it involves so much body control that I don't have. Haha. I will have to give it another shot.

Adrienne said...

The first time I tried yoga, it was in the scorching sun and probably at expert level lol this post has definitely inspired me to give it another shot! :)

Taneja's Bride said...

I totally agree - it's such a easy option to work out when nothing else works! <3

Lauren Flowers said...

Girl I am so glad you shared this post. Yoga is new to me but it is SO relaxing yet such a challenge. Im glad I found you through Grow Your Blog!!

xoxo
Lauren
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Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking said...

I did yoga when I was pregnant and really loved it. I should do it again. I like to do it at home though and just haven't found anything I like enough to stick with it.

Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen said...

I love, love Yoga!!! I have been trying to get back into it and going 2-3 times a week! I can never wake up for early classes though, and when school starts back up it may be a problem. I'm hoping to start doing yoga by myself at home! Thanks for the tips - I definitely agree on all of them!

Cosmetic Sanctuary said...

Love Yoga!!