In this post, I want to share with you my five favorite yoga benefits. I hope to inspire you to unroll your mat and get breathing and moving today.
This week, I went to four yoga classes. I usually practice yoga in shorter sessions before or after my gym routine. But this week, I was able to take a C2 and two C3s at Corepower Yoga and a vinyasa class at Equinox. Overall, I feel my absolute best when I add yoga to my circuit training and cardio sessions.
1. Stronger Core and Stabilizer Muscles
Yoga trains your core and helps you strengthen your stabilizer muscles. When these two things are strengthened, you will notice improvements in your exercise form and range of motion. The three main groups of stabilizer muscles are the trunk, hip joint, and shoulder complex. These are key to supporting you through pretty much every workout, from running to weights!
2. Mental Clarity
I love practicing yoga in a studio setting because I’m able to completely unplug for an hour. My favorite thing is storing my phone in the locker and not being around electronics for a while. I can walk in with my mind completely full and racing with a million things and once I settle into my mat, I notice my thoughts slow down when I start to breathe. Those first few breaths of class are so soothing. By the time savasana comes, much of the mental chatter has melted away and I leave class feeling conscious and relaxed.
3. Improved Circulation
My body seems to run better overall when I am able to practice consistently. Yoga improves circulation in the body’s major systems. A few important areas I’ve experienced the benefits of yoga would be the lymph, immune, and nervous systems. Yoga enables our blood to flow better, increases the oxygen content in our cells, and regulates digestion.
4. Inner and Outer Glow
That yoga glow. It’s a real thing. 🙂 Yoga and clean eating has cleared up my skin so much. But on a deeper level, I think the mind, body, and soul connection I experience from yoga connects me to God and my true self.
5. Increased Flexibility
I’ve noticed that there are no shortcuts to flexibility. It takes time to stretch. I’m working on my middle splits right now and it’s progressing but pretty slowly. I always hear people say they don’t do yoga because they’re not flexible. But yoga is how you get flexible. 😉
Thank you for reading my five favorite yoga benefits.
What are some of yours?
See you on the mat!