We all have hundreds of thousands of thoughts running through our brain every minute. Most of us get so caught up in our daily lives that we don’t take time step back, relax and breathe. This is exactly where the practice of yoga comes in. Yoga literally means to unite [the mind and body] – a practice that helps you get in touch with yourself, cultivate stillness and change your life.
- Yoga helps you learn about your body.
Learning about the freedoms and limitations of your body is pretty amazing. The moment that you realize you can bring your nose to your knee is invigorating, but not being able to pike into handstand is quite humbling. Yoga is a lifetime practice. Our bodies [and minds] are different each day. Becoming in-tune with yourself physically leads you to become more in-tune with yourself mentally and emotionally as well.
2. Yoga inspires healthier eating habits.
Once you become more in touch with your body, there is usually an effort to begin watching what you put in it. It may start with kicking your soda habit, maybe even lead to buying your own full-blown juicer – either way, there’s a conscious effort that arises to take care of yourself.
3. You’ll begin reacting to stressful situations differently.
You know those annoying situations that just make you want to scream and pull your hair out? Well, those won’t go away. What will go away is the quick reaction to freak out – through breath and meditation, yoga truly teaches us to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
4. Surround yourself with people who will only lift you higher.
Yoga exudes positivity. Once you start practicing you will find that you’re a more positive person, which can really elevate the relationships in your life. It will also draw you to inspiring people who you might have walked right by before.
5. Yoga encourages a confident lifestyle.
Essentially, yoga helps you find “control over your life.” Physically, mentally and emotionally, you find a healthy balance and self-control. This all leads to a happier life with a more confident and peaceful you.
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Sam Negrin is an avid yogi and the founder of All Good Health in Los Angeles. She is also the Editorial Coordinator of LEAFtv – a fresh, easy to consume, how-to concept covering all things living, eating and fashion.