There’s a good chance that you woke up this morning and stretched your arms up over your head and your legs long, squeezing your toes together, maybe you stood up and bent to one side and then the other. You may not realize it, but if this is your morning routine, you’re doing yoga! Every time you take a deep breath in and out, every time you close your eyes to gain some perspective on a situation, you’re doing yoga!
What may seem like something that needs to be done in a classroom with a teacher and other students, yoga is a large part of our daily lives and it can have incredible benefits on your life — even if you don’t realize it.
The life skills coaches at Be You. Live Big want to bring you a variety of these insights into your life to help you live a life that is truly you. Whether it’s yoga, finding an outfit you love and feel great in, or helping you navigate a change in career, having a life coach by your side can be incredibly helpful.
If you’re looking to shake things up a bit in your life, yoga might be the perfect place to start.
Top Benefits of Yoga
It may sound silly, but we often go through our lives not truly connecting to our own bodies! We get up in the morning, walk around the house, go to work, and do all of the things using our brains. Yoga can bring an awareness to our bodies and what it needs, rather than just focusing on thoughts traveling in our mind. You may be living with stiff shoulders and joints and not even know it, or truly feel the negative impact that a stiff body can have on your life.
Breathing is a subconscious action that our body does naturally, so you may be wondering why it needs improving. In a yoga class, you’re taught to use slower, more deliberate breaths. This is meant to help your lungs function better, increasing the amount of oxygen your body gets. If you’re ever in a stressful meeting at work, try taking slower, deeper breaths and notice how your body feels within a couple minutes.
A core focus of yoga is to improve flexibility, which may not sound incredibly important until you need to run after your child in the park. With improved mobility, you can experience fewer aches and pains, which is accomplished by lengthening ligaments and tendons, and increasing elasticity. The movements in yoga are also meant to help improve posture and relieve back pain. If you ever avoid doing an activity because you’re afraid of hurting your body, give yoga a shot and see how your body changes after just a few classes.
A common reason why people put off trying yoga is that it all seems like hippy mumbo-jumbo, but like many things, don’t knock it till you try it! As life skills coaches, we are passionate about the things that have made a positive impact in our lives and the lives of our clients. If you give it a try and find that it’s not for you, that’s OK too! There are plenty of ways you can still raise awareness of your body and increase flexibility.