"I can't find the time", I hear that so often. Looking back and speaking for myself, if I could prioritize and have time management, in total honesty there are activities that I can cross out to make way for something that improves my wellbeing.
"Yoga leads to a body that is easeful, a mind that is peaceful, which results in a life that is USEFUL!" Paraphrased from Swami Satchidananda.
Here are 10 reasons for people to TRY or keep practicing Yoga.
1. Stress relief - Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomia.
2. Pain Relief - Yoga therapy can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga postures, and learning the art of relaxation can reduce pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune disease and hypertension asa well as arthritis, back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions.
3. Better Breathing - Yoga teaches to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body's relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.
4. Flexibility - Helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Practitioners begin to use the correct muscles to make the movement and, over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles gradually lengthen and elasticity is increased.
5. Increased Strength - Yoga postures use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength, literally from head to toe. And while the postures practiced in yoga strengthens the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.
6. Weight Management - Yoga can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well-being.
7. Improved Circulation - Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body cells.
8. Cardiovascular Conditioning - Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
9. Better Body Alignment - Yoga helps to improve body alignment, resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joints and muscle problems.
10. Focus on the Present - Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved coordination, reaction time and memory.