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Yoga has many physical and mental benefits, and that’s probably why it has taken over living rooms and at-home offices in the last couple of years. But worry not. You are not too late to make yoga part of your life. In fact, there are many reasons why you should. 

So, if you’ve been thinking about starting yoga, here are  5 reasons why 2022 should be the year you finally step onto your mat and make yoga a habit. 

 

It Helps You Cope With Stress
When you practice yoga regularly, you learn techniques you can bring to your day-to-day life, increasing your stress resilience.

Stress makes us tense physically and mentally. Our fight or flight nervous response activates. In other words, when adrenaline rushes, our body releases cortisol which increases our heart rate and sends the blood to the muscles.

Yoga helps us tune in with our rest & digest nervous response. Our body starts its recovery, restore and repair functions. While these are some of the immediate benefits of yoga, the long-term benefits include better sleep, digestion and stress responses.  

 

Improves Your Cardiovascular Health
Some styles of yoga like Vinyasa can be quite fast-paced and get your heart rate up. This is excellent for your cardiovascular health. It gets your blood pumping, your oxygen flowing and improves your stamina!

The repertoire of asanas is quite varied! In yoga, we twist the body, fold it, extend it, and go upside down… it gets your blood flowing! This means that your kidneys filter more of your blood and that your clean blood reaches more of your body, keeping you fresh and energetic. 

 

Increases Strength, Mobility and Flexibility
Who said Yoga can’t make you stronger? Because they clearly haven’t been in chair pose for more than 1 breath! The truth is yoga boosts your muscle strength and endurance while also increasing flexibility and mobility. 

Our sedentary lifestyle, repetitive movements and lack of strength-based exercises leaves our body weaker and prone to injuries. Yoga eases and lengthens our muscles while bringing mobility to our joints, making sure we stay supple and agile. 

 

It Will Make You Mentally Sharper
When you first start yoga, conscious breathing, body awareness, transitioning from pose to pose, balancing on one leg or on your hands, marrying breath and movement are quite challenging. But, could yoga actually make you mentally sharper? 

Well, a study in 2015 compared the brain activity of two groups. A control group and a group of people joining a yoga programme over a period of 5 months. The results? The part of the brain that is responsible for problem-solving, planning and reasoning registered an increase in neural activity. 

 

It Helps You Get In Touch With Yourself
A big part of the yoga practice is to truly connect with our bodies and our minds, to bridge the gap and connect to how we feel.  

This awareness transcends our yoga practice and filters in the choices we make in our day to day life. Most times a regular yoga practice translates into a healthier lifestyle because your awareness of what you need increases, you want to make your growth a priority and feeling good in your body becomes crucial. 

All in all, yoga goes beyond movement and poses and a regular yoga practice can have a positive effect on all aspects of your life – from physical health to mental health. It can improve your mood, your sleep and your outlook on life.

 

About Anna de Sousa

Anna is a London-based yoga teacher & Content Creator. After teaching yoga full-time for a couple of years, she joined the Digital Marketing team at MoreYoga to spread the word about wellness even further. Anna is fun and energetic, and she brings her warm personality to everything she does.