Yoga is a self-discipline that is embedded in your bones. If you can, it is recommended that you practice yoga for 1 hour every day. Even if you can’t do it, then you have to develop a regular practice and arrange the practice time reasonably. The improvement of yoga on body and mind is based on regular practice, and only with continuous and regular practice can you slowly experience the physical and mental changes that yoga brings you. When you forget the time, forget the result, and keep practicing every day, the quantity will eventually cause the quality change! Let’s take a look at the eight benefits yoga brings to our body!
One, improve flexibility
In yoga posture practice, many postures will help us move and stretch them in new ways, i.e. parts of our body that we rarely move in our daily life. These asana exercises will help us become more flexible and bring a greater range of motion to areas of tension. Over time, with orderly and consistent practice, we should gain flexibility in the hamstrings, back, shoulders and hips of the body. Because, as we age, our flexibility usually decreases, especially if you are sedentary and lack of movement, which can lead to pain and immobility.
Second, increase muscle tone and definition
As a by-product of strength building, we can see an increase in muscle tone as a result of yoga asana practice. Yoga helps to build long and lean muscles in the legs, arms, back and abdomen. It has the effect of improving the body posture very well.
Third, improve balance
Improving balance as we age is one of the most important benefits of yoga. Balancing postures can improve the coordination of different parts of the body and make the practitioner’s body movement more efficient and graceful. When practicing balance we must concentrate on maintaining balance, inducing neurological balance, eliminating tension, anxiety, and worry, and can help improve the practitioner’s ability to concentrate in other activities. There are many yoga balance exercises such as: tree pose, one legged standing poses, toe balance, etc. For the more advanced yoga practitioner, yoga headstand is a great way to build core strength to stay upright.
Four: Teach you to breathe better
Most of us breathe very shallowly and are not too concerned about the way we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, focus our attention on the breath and teach us how to do deep breathing, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breathing also help clear the nasal passages (helpful for those with allergies) and can even calm the nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.
V. Cultivate mental calmness
Yoga asana practice is a physically powerful practice of sorts. When we are fully focused on what our body is doing, it brings a calming effect to our mind. Yoga meditation techniques, such as how to focus on your breath and detach from your wandering cluttered thoughts. All of these yoga meditation techniques can be very valuable in providing relief when we are in a mental emergency, such as childbirth, insomnia or anxiety attacks.
Sixth, enhance self-confidence
Practicing yoga can improve the connection between our body and mind and allow us to better know our body. In yoga, by learning to do small movements to improve the movement of different parts of your body, it allows us to get in touch with our body better. Also learning to accept our body. Over time, this will allow us to feel more comfortable in our own bodies and increase our confidence.
Seven, reduce stress
Physical exercise helps relieve stress, especially yoga. Because of the need to concentrate, our daily worries, no matter how big or small, seem to disappear when you lie on your yoga mat. Yoga practice helps to release us from stressors, problematic perspectives, and gives us a much-needed, timely break. Yoga’s emphasis on living in the present moment also helps us learn not to dwell on the past or predict the future. A good yoga practice is sure to leave your yoga class feeling much less stressed than when you started. Yoga practice is the best stress buster
Eight: Increase Strength
Similarly, while increasing flexibility, many yoga poses require us to bear our weight in new ways, such as yoga single leg balance (e.g. tree pose) or supporting ourselves with our arms (e.g. downward facing dog pose), warrior pose, etc. Yoga postures can be very good at helping us build strength. Holding these postures during several breaths helps build muscle strength. The increase of strength is the guarantee of our asana stability. If your yoga postures are not stable much of the time, there must be a reason for the lack of strength.