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I have to admit that I am fairly new to the practice of doing yoga and never bought into its benefits until now.  I had tried it in the past but never was committed to practicing on a daily basis and I am still no there yet!  As a 6-foot tall woman watching myself in the mirror at the yoga studio was pretty hilarious and a little embarrassing.  I decided yoga wasn’t for me and went back to hours of lame cardio and a weekly light weight-lifting routine; which has done nothing for me. After weeks of boredom, Philip asked me if I wanted to attend a weekly yoga class with him; we haven’t made it yet but I have started doing yoga at home.( I am still self-conscience about doing in front of people) Yoga has had a profound effect on my body & mind (insert eye roll here) but it really has and I wish I would have started it early. Below you will find my 5 reasons for practicing yoga and if you practice please share yours in the comment section.

 

1.  Stress Reliever: As a business owner, homeschool mom and a wife to a wild man I need a way to relieve stress and practicing yoga  helps.

 

2. Pain Relief: I have found by stretching and strengthening my core my daily aches and pains are  nonexistent. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

 

3. Improved my Flexibility: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility and increased my range of motion which also                                        reduced my body aches and pains.

 

4. Developed Body Awareness. Yoga requires you to contract or relax specific muscles as you stretch into each pose. This has helped me become more aware of my body’s strengths and weaknesses.

 

5. Increased Strength: Yoga postures use every muscle in the body, this has literally increased my bodies strength from head to toe.

 

I have found the most important benefit of a consistent yoga routine isn’t the physical piece; it’s how it has quieted my mind. The bottom line is being present and that has had made all the difference.  As I get deeper into my practice I continue to see the mental and spiritual benefits.  I encourage you if you haven’t taken the yoga leap to give it a try; you will not be disappointed!

 

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42 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Practice Yoga

  1. I’d love to try yoga for stress relief. I couldn’t see myself doing it at the gym but maybe with a video at home. I’m sure I’d look like an idiot in public.

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 5:53 pm
    1. I hear you Krystle loud and clear. Next week I will be posting some of my favorite yoga videos. Make sure to stop by and grab the links

      Posted on 02/15/2016 at 9:33 pm
  2. Tonight a try Zumba next week I try yoga. It has been on my to do list and it looks like a great way to burn calories and learn to relax.

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 9:06 pm
    1. Rebecca I have always wanted to try Zumba just not sure these long arms won’t knock someone out:)

      Posted on 02/15/2016 at 9:32 pm
  3. Great list of reasons! I love yoga so much – I always feel so good after practice.
    x Amanda

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 9:21 pm
    1. I agree and my stress levels have dropped big time too.

      Posted on 02/15/2016 at 9:31 pm
  4. I always feel so much better after yoga!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 10:07 pm
  5. This post totally makes me want to do more yoga. I love barre but yoga is such a totally different type of workout. The strength involved? Insane!

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 10:17 pm
    1. I think I need to work up to that; my noodle arms couldn’t take it:)

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:09 am
  6. I used to be the same way about yoga. I thought it was a joke and I could never get into the calming mindset that it’s supposed to provide. After finding an instructor that I really liked, my whole idea of yoga completely changed! It’s definitely a great stress relief!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 10:38 pm
    1. Yoga is very personally and when you find what works for you it is life changing!

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:10 am
  7. I began doing yoga when I was pregnant with my second baby as a stress reliever. I wish I would have given it a try sooner as well! It helped immensely with my aches and pains and it was nice to have a little quiet time to myself…even if my 3 year old did come join me sometimes. 😉 (As a matter of fact, I found some kids yoga and she loves it!) I can’t wait to start doing it again once my 6 postpartum weeks are up! I hate to admit it, but I’m *gasp* kind of looking forward to some cardio too until the weather gets nicer. 🙂

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 10:52 pm
    1. I can’t live w/o my cardio:) I wish I would have known about yoga when I was pregnant I am sure it would have helped relieve all the back pain I was having

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:09 am
  8. Yes. Yoga is so awesome. I get my kids to do it with me.

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 10:53 pm
    1. My kids have not tried it yet; they enjoy watching me and laughing

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:07 am
  9. I completely agree with the weirdness of being tall at a yoga class! Great reminder that I can still do yoga at home. Thanks!

    Posted on 02/15/2016 at 11:44 pm
    1. I have almost taken several people out with my lanky arms:)

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:07 am
  10. Yoga is so great, I fit it in as much as I can as a SAHM, my little has just started looking upside down through her legs and likes to do that while I get my zen on, it’s so much fun.

    So a sixth reason is because toddlers love it!

    Posted on 02/16/2016 at 12:01 am
    1. Bethany that’s a GREAT one!

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:06 am
  11. I love yoga! Its such a great sport! I feel so much better when I participate in a session and try to make it a weekly occurance!

    Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:11 am
  12. I completely agree with all these reasons to practice yoga, and have definitely experienced all of these things. I have recently started getting back into a regular practice, and don’t know why I ever stopped!

    Posted on 02/16/2016 at 4:59 am
    1. Glad to hear your back at it!

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:21 pm
  13. I really enjoy yoga although I don’t do it as much as I should. I agree with all your reasons, too.

    Posted on 02/16/2016 at 5:26 am
  14. I have to admit that I hated yoga in my 20s and 30s. Hated it with a passion. But I’ve definitely learned to love it, and have learned that it’s also all about the instructor 🙂 The lessons in mindfulness have been the most beneficial reasons for my own yoga practice! It’s helped me be more present.

    Posted on 02/16/2016 at 5:56 am
    1. Who knew being present was such a game changer:)

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:20 pm
  15. I just started incorporating yoga into my daily life and can already see a difference in how flexible I am and my pain levels in my back. It’s been life changing!

    Posted on 02/16/2016 at 9:59 am
    1. I totally agree with you Molly I too have gotten so much pain relief in my knees especially.

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 1:19 pm
  16. I used to do Yoga with a Home Video Set and then I really got bored, as I couldnt get my body to do some parts. I do really meditate and am Super grateful for what it does for my self esteem and focus!

    Posted on 02/16/2016 at 2:21 pm
    1. I would love to start meditating I just get so bored and my mind goes everywhere:) Any suggestions?

      Posted on 02/16/2016 at 4:09 pm
  17. I need to find time to get myself back into yoga again. I think it would be great for not only my body, but mind. I love the benefits you posted.

    – Cait | http://www.prettyandfun.com

    Posted on 08/04/2016 at 12:05 am
    1. Lately, I have been hit or miss when it comes to a daily practice. I too need to back at it. Thanks for stopping by:)

      Posted on 08/04/2016 at 6:44 am
  18. I really enjoy yoga, but I find developing a regular practice VERY difficult.

    Posted on 08/05/2016 at 3:57 am
    1. I struggle to but my 12 year-old daughter keeps me honest:) Always good to have a yoga buddy.

      Posted on 08/05/2016 at 3:33 pm
  19. I just started doing yoga, too! My daughter found a routine on Youtube that is doable. We do it at home. I Like it. It’s relaxing and good to ease stress away. 🙂

    Posted on 08/21/2016 at 1:03 am
  20. I can relate to your point of view! Yoga is a magic tool that help you feel better, get stronger and healthier! It is the best therapy for a better life!

    Posted on 08/21/2016 at 9:52 am
    1. I agree 100%

      Posted on 08/22/2016 at 4:05 am
  21. So many people don’t realize the huge benefits of yoga. For me it is an anxiety medication!

    Posted on 08/22/2016 at 3:31 pm
    1. Me too! I notice I am WAY more anxious if I don’t do daily yoga

      Posted on 08/22/2016 at 8:10 pm
  22. Doing yoga relaxes my mind and body. I started doing it while I’m on a biggest loser challenge a few months ago and stopped right after but I’ve been meaning to go back. The benefits are immense, I agree with your reasons! Kudos for sharing a helpful post like this.

    Posted on 08/23/2016 at 8:56 am
  23. I really would like to start practicing yoga, mostly for the increase of flexibility. These are all great reasons to start, however!

    Posted on 11/19/2016 at 9:05 am
    1. That’s one of the reasons I started Yoga.

      Posted on 11/20/2016 at 10:47 pm