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Why Yoga Should Be Your Go-to In Lockdown

Why Yoga Should Be Your Go-to In Lockdown

Ella Morley

Yoga is a very beneficial and popular hobby. It is a great way to destress as well as keep you fit and healthy. Yoga is a very rewarding pastime and there are multiple reasons why.

Here’s why yoga should be your go-to right now as we deal with another Lockdown in the middle of winter…

Improves physical health

Increased flexibility is probably one of the best benefits of yoga and certainly the most obvious.

While on the first try you may not be able for backbends and shoulder stands, overtime your body will start to loosen up. Feelings of stiffness and tension will start to disappear in no time.

Yoga also builds muscle strength and helps improve your balance. As well as this yoga improves your posture. Where once poor posture led to cricks in your neck and pains in your back, now these will be eased and hopefully eradicated.

Yoga is also great for improving your immune system and lowering your blood pressure. It is great for your heart, lungs and spine.

With all these physical health benefits present, there is no reason why you should not get started right now.

Helps you focus

A single yoga session can significantly boost your brain power, improve your ability to remember things and increase your capacity to focus. Participants in yoga find their ability to learn and retain new information is greater than those who do not. Higher levels of concentration contribute to greater performance. In yoga, you learn to ‘take control’ of your body which allows for this transformation to become possible.

Meditation can also greatly increase your ability to focus and is so easy to learn. Almost every yoga session will give up a portion of time to meditation.

Increases your self-esteem

Another one of the great benefits of yoga is that it can make you happier as a person and can essentially boost your self-confidence in the long run.

Yoga can help you enhance and feel better about your self-image. During a yoga session you will encounter feelings of gratitude and overtime find that your empathy and willingness to forgive have increased. It gives you a chance to step back focus on yourself and examine how you are feeling. This is one of the most important benefits of yoga and a very convincing reason to start practicing yoga. This experience can give you a sense of empowerment and motivate you to tackle obstacles that may be blocking your way forward in life.

Yoga has proved itself to be very beneficial in raising self-esteem in those who practice regularly. Why not give it a go and see if these results work for you?

Build your inner strength

Yoga helps rewire your brain to react positively to stressful situations. Do you have a big test coming up that you are anxious about? Try some yoga to relieve your anxiety and you will find yourself significantly less stressed than you were before. Do you have to give a presentation in the next few days? Why not practice meditation to help conquer those nerves? Whatever the situation, yoga is guaranteed to assist you during challenging times.

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If ever you find yourself on the verge of tears or start to feel panic rising, try some yoga to help you build inner-strength and navigate trying times.

Relaxes you

Yoga can help you unwind at the end of a long day and is great for clearing your mind after an exhausting day especially if you were sitting in one place for a long time. Yoga right before bedtime provides an easier and more comfortable night’s sleep. This will allow for a better morning as you will have had a solid night’s sleep and as a result you will not be tired. We all know that this is an ideal morning to have and it only takes a 20 – 30-minute yoga session the night before to achieve this.

Alternatively, yoga can be a great start to any day and help produce a positive outlook for the challenges ahead. Yoga will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready for anything. If this does not convince you to try out some yoga, nothing will.

So, go ahead and book yourself a class or find an online yoga workout that you can follow. Try the absolute queen of yoga, Yoga With Adriene.

With continuous practice overtime, you will really begin to notice the effects.  Depending on who you ask there are anything between 4 and 20 different types of yoga sessions to choose from and there is bound to be at least one type that suits you.  Namaste!

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