8 Reasons Why Yoga Is Good For You
You may wonder what the story is with yoga and why you should to it. Khabonina Qubeka, founder of KHABODACIOUS, gives you eight good reasons why you need to get started.
Improves flexibility – This is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga; as a beginner, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes or do a backbend. However, if you do it often you’ll notice a gradual loosening and eventually, poses that seem impossible will become possible.
Improves balance – Regularly practising yoga increases proprioception, i.e. the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space. People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems and back pain. Better balance could mean fewer falls. For the elderly, this translates into more independence and delayed admission to an old age home, or not at all. For younger people, postures such as the ‘Tree Pose’ can make us feel less wobbly on and off the mat.
Perfects posture – Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.
Eases pain – According to several studies, asana and meditation, or a combination of the two, reduced pain in people with arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions. When you relieve your pain, your mood improves; you’re more inclined to be active, and you don’t need as much medication.
Makes you happier – Feeling sad? Sit in Lotus, a yoga position, not a venue. Better yet, rise up into a backbend or soar royally into King Dancer Pose. While it’s not as simple as that, consistent yoga improves depression and leads to a significant increase in serotonin levels.
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