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.
- Builds muscle strength – Strong muscles do more than just look good. Yoga combines strength and flexibility, whereas lifting weights at the gym just works on your strength.
- 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.
- Helps you sleep deeper – Stimulation is good, but too much of it taxes the nervous system. Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. According to studies, better sleep is another by-product of regular yoga. You’ll be less tired and stressed and less likely to have accidents.
- 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.
- Benefits your relationships – Love may not conquer all, but it certainly can aid in healing. Cultivating the emotional support of friends, family, and community has been demonstrated repeatedly to improve health and healing. Regular yoga helps develop friendliness and compassion
- 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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