1. It’s a great workout. We know it definitely isn’t the POINT of yoga, but you can’t argue that it isn’t a great reason! You can get your sweat on with some vinyasa or that deep stretch with some yin. No matter which yoga class you choose, an asana practice is always going to move your body in a way that feels good, and you can always adapt the practice to your own speed and level of comfort. Sweat, strength, tone = the perfect workout we say (not biased at all).
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3. It can improve your sleep, these studies reveal. Who doesn’t want a good night sleep? You if you read this and still don’t give regular yoga a try ;)
4. It’s an excuse to buy some new workout gear. And possibly the start of your new found addiction to yoga pants. If you look good you yoga good right? ;)
5. Get flexible. Duh.
6. Relieves stress. The perfect antidote to this crazy fast paced world we live in? Thanks for backing it up science.
7. Sculpt and tone muscles. Again maybe not the entire point, but a strong body is a health body! Tonnes of postures, such as chatturanga (the four-limbed staff pose) and paripurna navasana (the boat pose) are fantastic body weight exercises that work muscles in the same way as standard pushups or abdominal crunches. Read on here.
9. It helps to cure depression. Yep.
10. And anxiety. No we aren’t relying on small or poorly completed studies to make this (life changing) claim, Harvard Medical School puts forth some mighty convincing evidence.
11. It will improve your posture. You’ll start off slouching and slumped, reflecting the figure of someone who spends most of the day at their desk or binge watching cute cat pictures on your phone (we’ve all been there). Within a few short months, yoga will help sculpt your back into the kind of poised posture that’ll make you walk taller and it’ll actually feel natural to do so.
12. Better sex. Flexibility - check. Heightened body awareness - check. Increased stamina - check. P.S. Ever heard of The Kama Sutra?
14. Better breathing. A big part of yoga is the breathing exercises (known as pranayama). These encourage a more focused and centered way of breathing, and while they might not be something you’ll do consciously every day, they’re absolutely sure to provide methods of effective stress-management and general wellness.
15. Stimulates the immune system. Yoga lowers stress hormones, conditions the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulates the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and brings oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function. Impressed, you should be! (and science backs us up all the way).
16. It helps to prevent back injuries. Yep yep!
17. Makes you nicer. On top of toning your muscles, having better sex, and getting super bendy, we at Stretch totally believe yoga makes everyone a whole heap nicer in their everyday lives. From experiencing this ourselves, seeing it first hand and having some common sense when piecing feeling clam/centred/relaxed together = a more pleasant human being for others.
18. Keeps you honest. Ever attempted a downward dog the morning after that sneaky bottle of wine, cocktail jug and maybe that tequila shot (though you can’t really remember)? Well let me tell you, it’s a real challenge. By keeping a regular practice, yoga kicks you in the butt (or stomach, depending on the pose) when you’ve let your lifestyle go a little off track. Whatever your health goals are, yoga is one of the best ways to analyse how your body feels after certain foods, drinks, sleep and stress. Want to feel good? Treat your body good, simple (yoga just keeps you honest about it).
See you on the mat!