20 Reasons To Start Practicing Yoga

Yoga is certainly nothing new. There is some debate but it’s between 5,000 and 10,000 years old. If something manages to hang around that long, it must be pretty good right?

Well here are just a few of the things this amazing practice can do.

  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve balance (important to avoid injuries and fractures)
  • Increase strength
  • Build stamina
  • Improve body alignment
  • Decrease stress
  • Enhance mood
  • Increase mindfulness

And these are just a few of the reasons why am I obsessed with yoga and urge you to try it too. Not convinced? Keep reading! Allow me to present 20 facts about yoga that will make you a believer. And a practitioner!

1.  Yoga is for Every Body
Old, young, big, small, flexible, not flexible, it doesn’t matter, everyone can do yoga.
2. Yoga Comes in Lots of Flavors
There are more than 100 varieties of yoga so everyone can find the kind that they enjoy and is right for them.
3. Give it 15 Minutes
15 minutes a day is all you need to reap the many benefits of yoga.
4. Yoga is a Detox
One way our bodies rid themselves of waste is through breathing and yoga is all about breathing.
5. Yoga is Relaxation on 10
Yoga combines stretching, deep breathing, and mindfulness, a powerful triumvirate for relaxing.

6. Yoga Increases Serotonin Levels
Serotonin is our feel-good chemical and yoga helps to release it.
7. Mantras Can Ground You
Using a mantra during yoga can help ground you and improve your concentration and it works outside the yoga studio too!

8. Yoga Gives You Abs
Many yoga poses require you to lift your body off the mat which engages your core and that’s how you get defined abs.
9. Yoga is the Fountain of Youth
The combination of detoxing, muscle toning, and increased blood flow are more powerful anti-agers than the most expensive wrinkle cream.
10. Habits Build
Beginning a yoga practice will encourage you to take up other healthy behaviors like eating well and getting enough sleep each night.

11. You’ll Stand Taller
Yoga improves posture which makes you taller, more graceful, and younger looking.
12. Yoga is a One Stop Shop
Yoga is the complete health activity, it strengthens, relaxes, and firms all in just 15 minutes a day.
13. Yoga Supercharges Your Sex Drive
Some yoga poses increase circulation, um, where it counts!
14. Yoga Improves Memory
We can’t forget our precious brains when it comes to health and yoga doesn’t as it has a positive impact on our memory.
15. Yoga Helps You Roll With the Punches
Yoga increases the body’s flexibility but the flexibility or ourselves as well, allowing us to adapt to the things that come our way.

16. All Athletes Can Benefit
Whether you’re a runner, swimmer, golfer, weight lifter or any other kind of athlete, practicing yoga will improve your performance in your other endeavors.
17. Yoga Provides Fast Results
After just a few minutes, you’ll feel more relaxed and mindful and after just a few consistent sessions, you’ll notice an increase in your flexibility and balance.
18. Yoga Prevents Injury
Because yoga improves body alignment and strengthens the core, many common injuries like back strain, neck, and hip problems.
19. Yoga is More Than Stretching and Deep Breathes
Yoga can also involve meditating, chanting, and specific breathing exercises.
20. You Can Bring Your Dog
There are more and more studios that allow dogs so you can participate with your best four-legged friend.
Believe me, this list is just the start! Join me in this ancient practice, won’t you?