The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means “to join” or “to yoke”.
At any time you can enter “Benefits of a Consistent Yoga Practice” in Google search, and before you know it, the search engine spits out a number of different post; from 10 to 101 ways why a consistent practice is beneficial.
Now before going through all of this; ask yourself what are YOU looking for out of your Yoga practice? Is it a physical or emotional practice? Are you looking for a spiritual connection? Yoga is not only a physical practice but it is a mental one as well.
Let’s start with the physical aspect.
Whether you are looking to support a healthy body weight, tone or aid in the recovery of an injury, Yoga is just what you need.
A consistent physical yoga practice offers a number of amazing benefits. For starters, in order to really benefit, and notice a physical change, you will have to commit to a practice at least 2-3 times a week. Yoga stretches the soft tissues of the body; it helps to improve balance and coordination. You will begin to notice toning and definition in your muscles. Yoga facilitates weight loss and helps to maintain a balanced metabolism.
Now on to the wonders it does for you spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
For me here is where Yoga first got me. The Asanas (poses) begin to take over on a deeper level and you begin to release. You release stress, calm nerves and anxiety; it helps promote better sleep and decreases symptoms and occurrences of insomnia. A consistent practice also increases mental clarity, self-awareness and optimism. Really, the list is endless!
Regardless, if you walked into a studio wanting the “burn” of a workout or a calm from a spiritual practice, one will always follow the other either way; usually when you least expect it. Now that is the real benefit of Yoga!