The definition of yoga means “to join” mind, body, and spirit.
I have been doing yoga for approximately two years now. In my experience, it has been the best thing added to my morning routine. Reasons why you should do yoga include:
- It makes you Happy.
- Exercising to the point where your heart rate is increased has been proven to release endorphins. These chemicals send signals to your brain and therefore, by doing yoga, it literally makes you happy.
- You’ll feel less achy.
- Yoga is not all about bending and stretching but that is a pretty large chunk. By stretching out your muscles (some you weren’t aware were even there), you work out the lactic acid that builds up in your muscles after strenuous activity. This then helps to get rid of the aches and pains that tend to occur, even from just sitting in a chair for too long.
- It can be a confidence Booster (better body awareness).
- While attempting a pose, there is balance and breathing involved. These both require concentration and force you to notice how your body is reacting to how little or how much it is being stretched. Over time, you become more aware of your body and what it needs. This tunes you in to what it can do and how it feels, not how it looks.
- It tones muscles.
- Don’t let the word “stretch” fool you. If you’re doing it right, yoga is difficult and by practicing daily you will surely see results in muscle tone.
- Makes for a better night’s Sleep.
- Gives you time to worship.
- By taking the time in the morning to practice yoga, you are able to have your quiet time with the Lord. Read a bible verse and mediate on it.
- Starting the day with the Lord, getting in tune with what you can control and letting go of what you can’t makes for a better night’s sleep. You also have something to look forward to every morning instead of just rolling out of bed and going to class.