There are many different health benefits of practicing yoga. Prior to having children, I was practicing twice a week at a studio and have never felt so great in my life. Since having kids, I have found myself neglecting my health and I need to stop.
I’ve written about self-care tips in the past and the importance of it. I’ve found myself neglecting my health the last couple months. My husband has been gone a lot and without school to keep up with routine, I’ve faltered.
That is going to stop! I’m not getting any younger and just because it is the summer doesn’t mean I have to stop with our routine.
5 Health Benefits of Yoga ::
I am one huge stress ball, it’s like I am a magnet for stress (my gray hairs will attest to that). If you’re new to following my journey: I am a military spouse who’s husband is frequently TAD, I am a special needs mom to two remarkable boys, and I suffer from anxiety.
Yoga is a huge benefit for those who suffer from stress like myself. If you’re not familiar with yoga, you take in deep breaths during practice. When you do these deep breaths, they reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
If you’re tight and rigid like me, it can cause a few aches and pains–particularly in my hips / sciatica. I use to work at a Chiropractic office and know the importance of stretching, tight muscles / weak core can cause pain.
My boss at the time told me if I don’t continue to stretch, I could possibly end up like the older women coming in for adjustments. Inflexibility is a big reason I have terrible posture.
Increases Muscle Tone
Practicing yoga can also increase your muscle tone! Yoga is a full-body workout. I often find muscles that I never knew existed becoming sore after a good one hour session.
Just because you’re not lifting up a dumbbell / barbell doesn’t mean you’re not increasing your strength. Yoga is a lot of stability, core strength, and is considered strength training because you typically hold a pose for an extended period of time.
Improves Sleep Quality
Restorative asana, yoga nidra (a form of guided relaxation), Savasana, pranayama, and meditation encourage pratyahara, a turning inward of the senses, which provides downtime for the nervous system.Yoga Journal
After a good session of yoga I find myself wanting to take a nap! If it wasn’t for laundry and tending the children–I would’ve taken a nap!
Benefits Mental Health
Practicing yoga can benefit your Mental Health as well. As a special needs mom, mompreneur, and military spouse, I am extremely busy. I feel like I carry so much on my shoulders and never have time to myself.
According to Yoga Journal,
It moves you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system,
What that means is that it helps take you out of the stress mode (or flight or fight) and into a more relaxed state. For example, I had so much noise in the background and the boys were climbing all over me.
Despite the chaos around me I was able to relax and focus. It is truly remarkable. I forgot how relaxing yoga is and will continue to practice at home with my favorite Yogi, Adrienne!
Give it a try!
Can’t get to a studio? I’ve got you! I love practicing yoga with Yoga with Adrienne, she is awesome. She has many 30-Day Yoga Challenges! I’ve also included other YouTube channels for you!