6 Reasons Why You Should Do Yoga

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress after a hectic week of classes, I highly recommend practicing yoga. The poses will bring you relaxation of the body and mind.

There are different kinds of yoga; you can either do poses for relaxation or poses that will give your body a more intense workout. Most yoga videos and classes are focused on various areas: flexibility, strength, balance, building the core, or weight loss.

Whatever your reason may be for practicing yoga, I can promise you will see an improvement in your physicality and mentality. You may think I’m biased because I enjoy doing yoga, but the health facts don’t lie. Through my research, I found there are numerous health benefits of doing yoga, but here are just a few of them:

  • Brighter Outlook

Yoga has the power to raise levels of the brain chemical GABA which will result in a more optimistic mentality. Lower levels of this chemical are what causes depression.

By taking one yoga class or completing one video, you’re guaranteed to feel a little happier than you were before you started. Yoga also improves your respiration, energy, and vitality. With a smoother grasp on your breathing and an increase in energy, yoga will definitely lift your spirits after a rough day of classes.

 

  • Strengthens Cardiovascular System

Doing yoga will improve the function of your heart. The poses will make your heart work harder to pump blood to the rest of your body. This is extremely good for your body because as you age this blood flow will slowly weaken.

Yoga poses will also lower your resting heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, triglycerides, bad cholesterol, and chest pain. In addition to all of these benefits, the deep breathing that accompanies yoga will improve the circulation of blood throughout your body.

  • Eliminates Aches and Pains

Do you have back pain from leaning over your laptop or notebook all day? Yoga will get rid of these annoying aches and pains! I can tell you from experience that one session of yoga truly does eliminate the pain felt from sore muscles throughout the day.

Especially since yoga is a full-body workout, the poses will help relax any muscle that might be tight that day.

  • Regulates Sleep Schedule

Yoga can help you fall asleep faster and for a longer period of time. Researchers found that regularly participating in yoga helped people calm down when getting into bed; which then improved their ability to fall asleep.

While I was at school, I did yoga as often as I could before I went to bed. After I finished my homework, I would fit in a session of yoga, shower, and get into bed. I can honestly say that on the nights I did yoga, I truly did get a better night’s rest.

  • Tones Muscles

As I mentioned before, yoga poses use every muscle in your body. So, by practicing yoga you are strengthening all of your muscles. Once you start to practice yoga regularly, I can promise that you will see a definition in your muscles from your arms all the way down to your feet.

  • Increases Flexibility

It may come as no surprise that yoga increases your flexibility. It will take time for you to be able to fully master the advanced poses, but even the beginner poses will cause your body to lengthen.

All of the poses will push your flexibility limits. This means that the more sessions you complete, the further your body will be able to stretch. Be patient; you’re not going to be able to gain this flexibility in a day. It will get better with time.

For additional information, here are the links I used for my research:

Self.com

American Osteopathic Association

LIVESTRONG

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Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk is a junior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media as well as a minor in English. While not in class, Stephanie is involved in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and a honors professional fraternity, Phi Beta Chi. Outside of academic and community activities, she enjoys dancing hip hop, reading, spending time with friends, and doing yoga.