Just 15 minutes of yoga a day can change your brain chemistry
1. Improve flexibility, strength, and posture
Daily yoga practice will help stretch and tone your body muscles. Popular poses like the plank will simultaneously work on strengthening your arms, legs, shoulders, and abs.
You don't have to be super flexible to practice yoga, the beauty of yoga is that it can be practiced at all levels of ability.
2. Better all-round fitness
When thinking of improving your fitness, most of us think of huffing and puffing away at the gym. But weights are not the only way to work out.
Yoga gives you all that a gym can, but in a peaceful, safe and more holistic way. It combines aspects of cardio, functional and strength training all in one.
3. Weight loss
You don't have to practice Hot Yoga or be able to bend double in a yoga pose to lose weight.
An everyday gentle yoga practice will fuel the metabolic system and will help burn fat, leading to weight loss.
4. Increase your energy
Just a few minutes of yoga every day will provide that much-needed energy boost in our busy lives and will keep us fresh for longer.
Yoga, with its unique synergy of body and breathwork, is perfect when your reserves are running low.
5. Reduce stress
Many workplaces now offer lunch-time yoga sessions because it's been shown that yoga is an amazing stress buster.
Any yoga practice, even a short daily one, should be made up of three elements; poses, breathing, and meditation.
6. Breathe better
Breathing deeply and calmly is an essential part of every yoga practice. Yogic breathing techniques (called pranayama) focus on trying to slow down the breath and on breathing fully from the pit of your stomach to the top of your lungs.
8. Become more mindful
Yoga and mindfulness go hand-in-hand. When practicing yoga, you will shift your awareness to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that accompany a given pose.
That awareness will bring the mind back to the present moment – the main aim of mindfulness - where it can stay happy and focused.
9. Improve concentration and think clearer
Yoga poses and meditation require you to concentrate on your breathing. This process of observing your breath calms your mind and makes you more mentally relaxed.
As a result of this mental stability, you'll able to recollect and retain more information.