Aww. Isn’t that a precious little bunny? Well, Buns here wants to show you some amazing benefits of yoga.
Mobility and Flexibility
This is probably the no-brainer. When people think of yoga, they think of doing challenging, if not seemingly impossible, stretching. But why is it important to be flexible? Aside from doing some super awesome poses you can show off to your friends, flexibility helps with mobility in our day-to-day life. You’re less likely to get injured, and more likely to move. And moving–well, that’s just good stuff.
There’s nothing like being accident prone because you can’t find good footing. Whether you suffer from poor balance because of an inner ear problem, or you are just plain uncoordinated, yoga can help keep your feet on the earth.
While yoga is great for your body, it’s also great for your mind. Not only do practicers of yoga see improvements in reaction time, memory, and the ability to recall information, many see an increase in their overall happiness and quality of life. Doing yoga has even been known to increase serotonin levels and improve the lives of those struggling with depression.
Want to find a way to strengthen your body with nothing more than your body? Look no further than yoga. When you do yoga poses, you are using your own body as resistance, creating lean muscle. Not only does that muscle look good, it makes your life a heck of a lot easier.
There is not a more natural way to align your spine than yoga. Not only are the poses geared to straighten your spine, you are also strengthening multiple core muscle groups that keep you upright. Even more: you’re concentrating on breathing. And, to have a great, full breath, you must first have good posture so your lungs have space to expand.
Take a breath of fresh air. Literally. While much of yoga focuses on the rhythm of your breathing, bringing attention and focus to your breath, it also opens up your body. This expansion helps your lungs can expand to their full capacity. AND healthy breathing makes for more oxygen. And more oxygen means more ENERGY!
While yoga is able to help with normal pains and aches, it has also been reported by researchers that yoga can help with chronic pain as well. Some examples include, but are not limited to, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel.
Hippyish as it may sound, yoga’s focus on present moment practiced regularly can significantly reduce stress levels. Additionally, a focus on breathing opens up the body–and a more open body is a more adaptable body.
Better posture, a stronger mind, and less stress? Not mention that body that will be able to do empowering poses. How could you not be a little happier with yourself? Additionally, you will gain a consciousness of your physical body, allowing you to be more aware of what you are capable of.
And trust me–you’re capable of doing amazing things.
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