There are so many benefits to practising yoga. With any exercise, even doing a small amount reaps health benefits. Yoga provides even deeper awareness of our abilities and our limits, but is more nurturing to allow us to have time for more restorative practice when we’re not feeling so good.
Other forms of exercise can lead us to think that we must push ourselves beyond our current limits, even if it was very easy for us last time. Yoga teaches us to honour ourselves and our limits, which change all the time.
Yoga brings the following benefits (these are not all of them):
- improved flexibility;
- improved posture;
- improved sleep;
- enhanced core muscle strength;
- increased energy levels;
- increased resilience;
- increased endurance;
- increased immunity;
- improved organ function;
- reduced injury.
- improved concentration and memory;
- improved attention;
- improved awareness;
- reduced depression and anxiety.
Overall, you can expect an improved mind and body. So what’s stopping you?
It’s commonly thought of amongst men that yoga is for women, due to its relaxing and meditative qualities. Yet yoga was designed by a man for men over 4000 years ago. Because men by nature pursue aggressive activities, something like yoga seems to contradict the image of masculinity. Below are some of the most common myths about yoga:
- for women or gay men;
- for flexible people;
- a hippie activity;
- a religion or cult.