Mind. Body. Spirit. Wouldn’t it be great if these three things could touch base once in awhile? Maybe your mind is revving to go, but your body is lagging behind. Maybe your body is up, while your spirit is down.
The great news is that yoga can help you get into a rhythm, and come out with a balanced mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has so many benefits aside from the obvious—a good workout.
You deserve to get the most out of your yoga session—whether practicing at home, or as part of a class—you should reap all of the benefits from the time you dedicate to yoga. These are just five of the countless benefits that might convince you to dust off your mat.
1. Relieves Pain without Meds
Yoga is not your run-of-the mill strength training workout. Yoga has the ability to ease pain. According to Harvard medical school, practicing yoga can relieve chronic back pain and chronic pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other conditions.
If you’re looking to ease muscle pain, you should try cryotherapy as well. Cryotherapy is the use of very low temperatures to ease pain, inflammation, swelling, and studies show that it may even reverse soft tissue damage. Cryotherapy can be applied locally, or used as a whole-body therapy in something called a cryotherapy chamber, where temperatures reach -140 degrees Celsius, or -284 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yoga and cryotherapy paired together are perfect pain-reliever duo you’ve been searching for. Invest in diminishing your pain and you’ll be happier and more energetic—and you won’t need as much medication.
Advanced yoga practitioners are not all coincidentally flexible. Regular yoga practice improves balance and flexibility. Every movement can be modified for beginners, so don’t let that voice that says “I’m not flexible enough” hold you back. Start with modified poses and work your way up. You will most likely experience improved flexibility after only a few sessions.
3. Maximizes Breath
According to the Yoga Journal, yogis take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and efficient. Regular yoga practice has been shown to improve various measures of lung function. Breathing exercises are incorporated into every yoga class, and are an essential part of proper yoga technique, improving your breathing not only during class, but in your everyday life.
4. Catch Better Zzzz’s
Regular yoga practice can actually help you sleep better at night, leaving you feeling well-rested and energetic during the day. First of all, it is the ultimate stress-reliever—it even has the ability to lower blood pressure—which will help you fall asleep quicker.
Yoga is perfect amount of light physical activity your body needs in order to feel taxed, but not overstimulated. When you feel less tired, you feel less stressed, and the cycle continues!
5. Perfects Posture
Yoga poses require a straight back in order to execute proper technique, according to Chris Haigh in his article “7 Reasons You Should Start Doing Yoga Immediately.” Yoga will take away the slouch and slump of a person who works at his desk all day.
The backbends, forward bends, and twists in yoga keep the disks in your spine supple, allowing them space to get the nutrients they need in order to protect your spine.
Your back, body, mind, and spirit will thank you greatly for the yoga poses you put into practice. Pair it with cryotherapy, and your muscles will be singing your praises!