Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Finding a new hobby or starting a new activity can be challenging. Add to that the current limits on group exercise and sports, it can be even harder to find an activity that keeps you feeling healthy and like your best self.
If you are feeling the negative effects of staying at home, or working all day with no play, you might want to consider beginning a Yoga practice. If there was ever a time to start something new, it would be now.
The lovely thing about Yoga is that it can be an entirely internal and self contained activity. Yoga can be practiced anywhere, without any equipment, and with enough practice, you can become your own Yoga teacher. Living in a world with so much uncertainty can be challenging, not knowing if your favorite gym will open back up, or if you'll be able to play rec soccer ever again, takes a toll on those who rely on the social interaction and physical exercise these hobbies provide. Having a personal Yoga practice however, is not something that can be paused or taken away from you, it IS you.
Let's look into a few of the other benefits that come from practicing Yoga-
"Do Yoga once a week and change your thoughts, twice a week and change your body, every day and change your life"
1. Wake Up- Tone Up
Establishing a consistent morning Yoga practice, of either physical postures, or breathing techniques will help you start the day out right. Practicing Yoga and meditation within the first fifteen minutes after waking up has been shown to improve mental focus and create a more positive outlook on the day ahead on participants. Feel groggy and sleepy no more, ten minutes of practice and cup of coffee are all you need to start the day as the best- you.
There are many different types of Yoga, a very common one being Yoga Flow. Yoga Flow is a dynamic, faster paced practice that connects body and breath. This type of practice is enlivening, asking our muscles to work hard for us and our cardiovascular system to get going. Because of this, Yoga Flow is an excellent style of Yoga to practice if you are looking for a daily workout. Tone your muscles in a safe and healthy way while improving balance and focus, what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, it's so fun you won't even realize you're exercising.
2. Strengthen- Lengthen
Often times, it is hard to find balance in a physical activity. Many sports focus on specific areas of the body, that need to either be stronger or more limber than other parts. The great thing about Yoga is that the entire body is always the focus. A consistent Yoga practice will stretch AND strengthen your arms and shoulders. A consistent Yoga practice will build muscle in your legs AND help you reach that goal of touching your toes.
It's important to note that even one session of Yoga, of any length and style is still beneficial to your mind and spirit. It just takes that one leap of faith or trust in yourself to try something new to really change your life.