“When this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of Yoga.”

~Geeta Iyengar

Yoga is one of the oldest practices and rituals in the world.

It was developed as a philosophy that promotes a better way of living.

The roots of yoga stem from a way of life that not only focuses on physical action, but also on thought, eating habits, social and spiritual interactions, and much more.

Over 15 million people in the world today practice this ancient tradition.

And for good reasons too.

Yoga adds so many positive benefits to your life mentally, spiritually, and physically.

People use it to loose weight, quit smoking, relieve stress, connect spiritually, and for a myriad of other reasons as well.

You can dedicate your practice to whoever and for whatever reason you need.

Use yoga as a vessel to not only get you to where you want to be, but to also teach you to love who you already are.

Here are only a few of the many reasons why each and every person in this world should practice yoga:

1. Boosts mood and lowers stress.

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Yoga uses meditation which allows you to control your breath and steady your heart rate, producing in lowered stress levels.

The breathing exercises grant more oxygen to get to your brain, resulting in a happier and clearer mindset.

Also, the level of concentration you give to each pose quiets the constant chain of thoughts in your mind and forces you to only think about what you are doing in that exact moment (a great practice of mindfulness!).

Whether your practice includes a sitting meditation or not, the practice of yoga itself has been proven to be very meditative in itself.

2. Lowers your risk of injury.

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Unlike many high intensity work outs, Yoga actually prevents you from most injuries.

Since Yoga moves at a slow and steady pace, your muscles and bones are not burdened by intense pressure.

It  strengthens your muscles in such a way that prevents injuries for occurring!

As Yoga elongates and strengthens your muscles, it makes it harder for you to pull or strain them during other forms of physical activity.

3. Helps you get fit. 

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If done frequently, Yoga has the ability to make you loose weight. More importantly however, it helps you get strong and fit.

Not only do you burn calories because of all the heat and tension from each pose, but you also simultaneously strengthen and build the muscles that will replace the fat that your are burning off.

In order for us to keep weight off, we must replace it with muscle instead. In weight loss, burning fat is not the only goal. It is equally important to replace that fat with strong muscle in order to achieve a healthy body.

A major cause of weight gain is stress. As yoga relaxes your mind, it allows your body to relax as well resulting in a healthier and more natural weight loss process.

4. Makes you more flexible. 

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The beauty of yoga, is that anybody can do it!

Yoga allows you to stretch your muscles, tendons, and ligaments in a safe manner.

Where ever you are in your level of flexibility, you can start and work your way to a more flexible you!

Even professional yogis are pushing themselves further and further every day to gain more flexibility.

Flexibility increases your ability to move freely and more comfortably in your every day life.

It can only be achieved with practice, and that practice is yoga.

5. Improves your Posture. 

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With a healthier weight and stronger back and abdomen muscles, your body will be able to hold you up in a more comfortable fashion.

One of the biggest reasons for bad posture and our inability to fix it is because our muscles have trouble naturally keeping straight without a constant reminder.

With a tighter core, your body can naturally hold itself up right in the correct position.

Bad posture can result in numerous negative health problems such as bone pain and even bone deformation.

If you hunch your whole life, your body will grow in such a direction. The longer you wait to fix it, the harder it will be.

Good posture also emulates better confidence.

Not only will you see and feel better on the inside as well as outside outside, but others will be able to see it too.

6. Boosts your confidence. 

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Yoga strengthens your relationship with your inner self.

It connects your body, mind, and soul together in a way that helps you see yourself in a better and more positive light.

Within your practice, you begin to be proud of yourself if you get better at a new pose, reach further, or hold a pose for longer.

Every day you practice is an opportunity to get better.

To see your progress and dedication pay off.

To achieve a pose that on your first day, you never even imaged getting into.

You will be able to take this mentality, and apply it to many other facets of your life that could be improved with just a little confidence.

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“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”

~B.K.S. Iyengar