When some people think about yoga, they picture people doing strange postures and reciting words in another language but its way more than that. Yoga itself is an ancient practice and meditation which has become more and more popular in today’s society. The goal during yoga practices is to be able to challenge yourself physically, but careful not to strain or overwhelm yourself. Your main focus is your breathing while making sure that your mind is accepting and calm,  yoga has many benefits that you can cherish forever.

Looking at Your Body Better

Yoga helps focus your attention on your body’s abilities at that present moment. Yoga studios don’t typically have mirrors, so no need to worry, you won’t be able to see if someone is looking at you. You want to be focused on your own posture, not about what everyone else is doing around you. Yoga also helps create positive body image and self-esteem.

Become Aware of Eating

Researchers have described mindful eating as a nonjudgmental awareness of the physical and emotional sensations that correspond with eating. They have developed a questionnaire to measure mindful eating using certain behaviors like eating even when you are full, eating while you become sad or angry, eating due to being distracted by other things, being aware of how food looks, tastes as well as eating in response to environment cues like sight or smell. Practicing yoga can help you become more aware of your body.

A man figure meditating on calm water during sunrise

Helps Lose Weight and Maintenance

People who practiced yoga for at least 30 minutes once a week for about 4 years have gained less weight during middle adulthood. Even people who were originally over weight ended up losing weight as well. Now you may ask yourself, how can this happen? It all ties in together because mindful eating can lead to a more positive relationship with food and eating.

Helping your Cardiovascular

Yoga helps lower blood pressure with people who have hypertension.  Yoga can lower your blood pressure as well as improving your body physically and mentally. Yoga may also restore baroreceptor sensitivity which helps the body sense imbalances in blood pressure and maintain balance. This practice now being used in cardiac rehabilitation programs due to its cardiovascular and stress relieving benefits.

Improving Your Fitness

Yoga is highly recognized for being able to ease tension and anxiety in the mind and body. Researchers have studied a small group that showed after 8 weeks of practicing yoga for about twice a week for 180 minutes, the participants had greater strength, endurance, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory fitness. So roll out a mat at home or in the studio and practice some yoga! It leads to a better mind and body and much needed relaxation after a long day.