If you can start your day with 10 minutes of yoga, consistently, you will begin to see your body, mind, and life changed for the better.
Gisele Bündchen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington, Jessica Biel, amongst many others, attribute their fit bodies to yoga.
If you started today, how soon until you reap similar fitness results?
Read on and enjoy! 🥰
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What are your fitness goals?
- Increased Strength and Toning -
Yoga is especially effective at improving strength and making people look toned and fit. Yoga is unique because it uses a multitude of muscles all over the body with every single session. It uses many muscles that are not commonly used in day to day life or other methods of exercise. This also improves balance and can aid in weight loss.
Poses for increased strength: Chair Pose, Boat Pose, and Warrior II Pose.
- Increased Flexibility -
According to the Grounded Panda, there is no specific timeline with how soon you will see results, as this all depends on your frequency of practice, age, and consistency. People typically see results within 3 to 6 months, and the more that you practice, the more that your body will open up and gain more flexibility.
Being flexible helps prevent injury, lowers chronic pain and can even improve sexual pleasure.
Some of the best poses for overall flexibility: Downward Facing Dog, Crescent Lunge, Pigeon Pose, and Cobbler Pose.
How can yoga help me if I am already fit?
- Increased Blood Flow -
Yoga increases blood circulation around the body. Increased blood flow means more oxygen is being delivered. This brings benefits such as reducing your risk of heart disease, lowering your blood pressure, and giving you healthy, glowing skin.
Recommended poses: Beginners can try poses such as Downward Facing Dog, Forward Fold, or Bridge Pose. More advanced yogis can try poses such as Headstands, Plow Pose, or Handstands.
- Improved Mental Health -
Yoga is popular for its physical benefits. However, mindfulness and meditation are key aspects of yoga. Recent studies have shown that yoga is extremely effective at fighting stress, and can even lower the effects of anxiety and depression. Yoga also releases the “happy hormones”, Oxytocin, Dopamine, and Endorphins into the bloodstream. This means that a yogi is happy immediately after a yoga session, and happiness is increased in the long run.
Recommended poses for reduced stress: Standing Forward Fold, Plow Pose, and Child’s Pose.
- Improved Sleep Quality -
The combination of yoga’s physical and mental aspects cause an even better quality of sleep. Yoga has been found to improve sleep quality and duration of sleep, as well as decreasing the need for sleep-inducing medication.
According to Marlynn Wei, MD, JD, Author at Harvard Health Blog, "Yoga is a gentle and restorative way to wind down your day. A survey found that over 55% of people who did yoga found that it helped them get better sleep. Over 85% said yoga helped reduce stress."
Recommended poses for better sleep: Certain types of yoga are intended to wake you up and energize you. Other kinds, such as Yin yoga, are intended to calm you down. Specific poses that will help you get to sleep are Legs Up the Wall Pose, Seated Spinal Twist, and Corpse Pose.
The Final Word
In March's Episode of Mindvalley's Podcast, Shawn Stevenson explains the science behind how sleep affects everything from our immune system and our metabolism to our focus, concentration and even longevity. He proves how not getting optimal sleep can impact our relationships, our business performance, our health, happiness, and energy.
The old adage of ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ doesn’t fly anymore. Deprive yourself of sleep, and you will be dead.
“If you want to get old fast, shorten your sleep.”
So, get in your yoga routine and live longer, younger, healthier.
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Hannah Jayne is a travel and lifestyle blogger, singer/songwriter, yoga instructor, photographer, scuba diver, avid reader, and adventurer! She is also a certified yoga instructor. Growing up, Hannah was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and suffered from anxiety and depression. She discovered yoga as a way to reduce her chronic pain and feel normal and healthy again. Now, she strives to share all she has learned with others through blogging. Advocating for mental health, Hannah shares her journeys while traveling the world and figuring out life as a 20-something-year-old.