• Shilpa Bhim

Five Ways That Yoga Benefits Your Body, Mind And Soul

I’ve really been getting into yoga recently. A few of my colleagues do it and rave about it, and I’ve read a lot about how doing yoga is good for your health, both physical and mental.

Plus, as I get older (30 is not too far away for me now!), I’m noticing my body is not as strong and flexible as it once was.

So, using the Sweat app, I’ve been testing out some of Sjana Elise’s body and mind workouts (aka yoga), in addition to doing my usual BBG workouts.

Now there’s something to be said about rolling out your yoga mat, taking a deep breath and stretching out in to your favourite pose. It’s just so relaxing! But I’m learning that yoga is so much more than that.

For my benefit, and yours, I’ve done a little research and rounded up five ways that yoga benefits your body, mind and soul. Keep reading to find out more.

Builds muscle strength

That’s right, all those challenging stretches and poses engage muscles your body didn’t even know it had!

While it may be a bit of a struggle at first, with a bit of time and practice these muscles will build up a whole lot of strength.

Improves concentration

The breathing exercises and meditation that come hand in hand with doing yoga help get rid of distracting thoughts.

The flow on effect is that it helps you to focus and improves your ability to concentrate.

Increases flexibility

Well, this one is pretty obvious. Yoga stretches your body all over, giving your muscles and joints a better range of motion, aka flexibility.

A bonus of this is that your body will be better placed to handle physical stress and is likely to be less prone to injury.

Calms the mind

Yoga has a big focus on breathing exercises, which has a positive impact on your mind.

Deep, conscious breathing triggers the part of your nervous system that is responsible for the processes that happen in your body when you’re resting. This creates a ‘relaxation response’ in your body, helping to calm your mind.

Straightens out your back and shoulders

Yoga brings your body back into line! I’m guilty of slouching when I’m at my desk at work - even when I’m using my desk in standing mode. Obviously, this has a bad impact on my posture and I need to be better.

Cue: yoga. A lot of yoga poses engage your core and pull your shoulders back. The end result? Better posture overall.

After having done all this research, and actually doing some yoga, I understand why so many people love yoga! It’s early days for me, but I think I’ll be sticking to doing yoga on a regular basis - watch this space for more!

What about you? Do you do yoga? Tell me all your thoughts on it in the comments below!