The benefits of yoga: 6 good reasons to get started

Do you want to relax, regain energy, or relax your body? Yoga is the ideal activity, because its practice brings you all these benefits, and much more.

By practicing it regularly, you feel good in your body and in your head! Here are 6 good reasons to start yoga and unfold your mat.

The practice of yoga: what are we ​talking about?

Let's start at the beginning, what is yoga in brief? Commonly, there are two main families of yoga: gentle yoga and dynamic yoga.

- Gentle yoga first consists of performing a series of slow movements and requires less cardio. Through exercises based on breathing, this type of yoga proposes to work muscle groups in depth, flexibility and balance. It has the advantage of being accessible to everyone, whatever their sporting level: young active people looking for serenity and seniors looking for well-being and time for themselves.

- Dynamic yoga is, unsurprisingly, a more intense discipline, where the postures are linked more quickly, in the form of flow. It requires more of the body, the muscles and the cardio.

Anyway, these two practices are perfectly complementary to another physical activity. They are available in a multitude of different yogas in which you will necessarily find yours!

What is yoga good for? Why practice it?

The benefits of yoga on the mind: contentment

Above all, more than a sports practice, yoga is a privileged moment dedicated to oneself, a parenthesis offered to relax and create moments of serenity on a daily basis. All yoga aims to relax the body to calm the mind, and thus achieve meditation (meditation is often practiced at the end of the session, in different forms). The objective of a yoga class is not to follow the rhythm of a group but to reclaim your own rhythm. No need to compare yourself to others! Rather, we are there to learn to connect with one's breath, to be one with it, to know and accept one's mental and bodily limits. Having a better awareness of your body means beginning to understand your emotions and channeling them better. So, getting into yoga means taking time and gaining self-confidence.

Contentment or santosha is the ability to access a positive mind. Concretely, during a yoga session, contentment translates into the satisfaction of going further, of surpassing oneself in a posture, of progressing and becoming aware of it in this present moment. This overcoming helps to develop the mind, to better understand and support the small difficulties of everyday life.

Reduce the feeling of stress

Positive consequence of deep breathing and meditation practiced in yoga: improved concentration. Yoga allows you to breathe better, stay focused and therefore eliminate nervous tension. Focusing on breathing and balancing postures, which require stability and grounding, means focusing on the present moment, here and now, and ignoring what surrounds us. This distance established with daily life helps to take a step back from our worries or our blockages and gives way to the feeling of letting go.

Get rid of stress with yoga!

At one time or another, everyone has to face a period of stress: in the middle of a busy daily life, between professional life and family life, this feeling can return regularly. And everyone is looking for a way to deal with it!

Toning the body: which muscles work with yoga?

Yoga does not strictly speaking build muscles (in the sense that it enlarges the muscles) but it sheaths, sculpts and tones the whole body. Some postures have a toning effect and for each muscle there is a suitable exercise. For example, the bridge pose is perfect for toning the thighs and glutes, the tree pose is more recommended for strengthening the obliques. For the calves, thighs and hips, the posture of the warrior is ideal. Each posture has its benefit!

If you are a beginner, you will start with fairly simple, gentle postures (asanas). On the other hand, if you have a particular problem (back, joints for example) you can work on the asanas accordingly. Note that the more the muscles are toned, the more resistant they are and therefore the less risk of injury.

Do yoga to develop flexibility

In yoga, the repetition of the postures, the regular practice but especially the control of the breath allow to acquire a great flexibility. It is wrong to think that it is necessary to be flexible to start yoga. The lack of flexibility is absolutely not an obstacle to the practice of yoga. This is not innate and can be acquired through practice. It is breathing that gradually soothes the body to allow it to become more flexible. It limits the feeling of discomfort during stretching, sometimes intense, and the tension of the body when faced with effort.

The flexibility acquired with the practice of yoga makes it possible to gain in mobility, to increase the articular amplitudes of the body and to be more comfortable in the daily movements. The flexibility of our muscles and tendons also limits the risk of injury during sports training.

Gain flexibility with yoga!

Yoga is not just for flexible people

Improve breathing

One of the key elements of yoga is the work on breathing, most often coupled with postures. We do not exploit our breathing capacities enough and yoga allows us to be aware of our breathing. Yogi breathing techniques strengthen the cardiovascular system. The intensity of oxygenation through respiration contributes strongly to this.

… But also many health benefits

• promotes better posture

• reduces pain

• helps digestion (twisting postures)

• strengthens the joints

• Helps fight depression.

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