Do you know the benefits of yoga? I’m studying to become a qualified yoga teacher and I cannot wait to start doing some Audacious Yoga classes.😜🔥👌🏾 With that in mind, I want to share 8 badass benefits of yoga…
1. Let’s get flexible
My level of flexibility has improved massively and continues to do so the more and more I practice. I can put my body in some positions I never thought I would be able to which is not surprising as flexibility is one of the core benefits of yoga. It’s important to point out that there are many contributing factors based on the makeup of our bodies which will determine what we may or may not be able to do.
I also want to highlight that you don’t have to be super flexible to practice yoga, the beauty of yoga is that it can be practised at all levels so please don’t shy away from it due to some of the images you may see on Instagram or elsewhere. Doing poses like warrior ll, downward-facing dog, forward bends and among others will soon make you really feel the difference in your flexibility, whether you’re already flexible or not.
2. Improves your muscle strength
Don’t like machines or free weights to build muscle? Well, I’m pleased to share there is evidence that yoga does improve your strength when practised on a regular basis as it will help to stretch and tone your muscles. I do a great deal of power yoga and those chaturangas (know as low planks) will have me wanting to cry some days due to the amount of upper strength that is required – especially when I’m doing them over and over again!
A Yogi: “Oh but yoga is not meant to make you want to cry.”
Me: “please leave me to keep it one hundred based on my journey please.”😑 OK great, let’s move on.
3. Burn calories burn
Depending on the kind of practice you are doing, you can burn a decent amount of calories. For example, when I do a cardio flow practice I can burn anywhere between 215 – 368 calories which is very much dependant on how hard I go. How do I know this? Because I have a Fitbit and track my calorie burn via a Google sheet which is something I decided to do alongside my studies as a way to track my progress.
4. Improve your posture
Find yourself slouching all the time? Incorporating yoga into your daily routine can improve your posture by helping you to walk taller and sit up straighter. Poses like mountain, cobra, tree, cat-cow, standing forward bend, hero, locust and child’s pose are all highly beneficial.
5. Positively impact your sex life
We ain’t about to let all that flexibility go to waste!😂 Becoming more flexible means you’ll be able to get more creative in the bedroom and try out different sexual positions. Doing yoga also helps you to become more in tune with yourself so what that means is you can develop a greater awareness of the sensations that run through your body because you learn to slow down and be in touch with all parts of your body.
You become more present within the moment and aware. When you are aware of what your body is capable of doing and the more present you can be when you’re getting down with your man, the better the experience will be for the both of you.
Although I don’t have a man (right now) I can tell you that yoga has positively impacted my sex life without a doubt.
6. Let’s balance
When I first got into yoga, I would fall out of balancing poses within short periods of time. I share that because whilst I can balance way better than I could when I started out there are some poses that still throw me off balance and that’s OK because it’s all about effort and the progress that comes with it. Physically, balancing poses strengthen and elongate our muscles and mentally balancing poses help us to keep our attention focused and disregard external stimulation and centre ourselves.
Plus I think being able to balance on one leg and on my arms is pretty darn cool.
7. Breathe better
How much attention do you give to how you are breathing each day? Most of us take shallow breaths and rarely give much thought to our breathing because it’s just something we do. Pranayama supports focusing our attention on breathing and teaches us how to take deeper breaths, which benefits the entire body. When you get your breathing in control and you can connect your breathing to every part of your body and feel how your muscles contract? I can testify it can intensify your orgasms.
8. Reduce stress levels
Yoga promotes relaxation, which is the complete opposite of stress. Yoga moderates the nervous system, balances hormones and regulates nerve impulses – three factors that can reduce stress levels, making you better equipped to handle stressful situations. When I have a stressful day and I get on my mat and start to flow, the stress begins to melt away because it takes me into a different headspace where nothing else matters but the moments of flowing freely.
For me personally, yoga is taking time out on my mat to connect with my inner self. When I practice yoga I feel invigorated, rejuvenated and calm within.
There you have it. 8 badass benefits of yoga. Are you a fan of yoga? Share your thoughts with a comment and don’t forget to react to this post with an emoji!