Whilst we can’t offer you much in the way of hard facts when it comes to yoga’s mysterious beginnings, we do know that the practice originated in ancient India, somewhere between the sixth and fifth centuries BC. What we also know, is that there are a number of great mental and physical benefits that have led to this ancient practice standing the test of time. Here are just a few that oughta’ entice you into giving it a go…
1. It Sharpens the Mind
A recent study from the University of Illinois has shown that just twenty minutes of yoga can improve concentration, short-term memory, and your brain’s ability to quickly and accurately process information – making it the ideal addition to your pre-work routine. Especially helpful for those Monday mornings…
2. It Improves Flexibility
One of the main things we hear from people considering their first yoga session is “am I flexible enough?” Fear not – your body will adjust much quicker than you think. What’s more, there are a number of ways to adapt poses to cater for your not-quite-ready limbs until you’re feeling ready to take on the more advanced shapes.
3. It Can Help You Sleep
Having trouble sleeping? There’s a pose for that. Research shows that Yoga can be beneficial to those suffering with insomnia and other sleep-related conditions. Even for those with less serious sleeping difficulties, the relaxing benefits of an evening yoga session will have you drifting off in no time.
4. It’s The Ultimate Stress Reliever
We’re sure most of you already know this one, but yoga is one of the best methods out there to de-stress, and to bring a sense of calm to a hectic day. Time your routine just right and you’ll be all set to take on whatever challenges the day brings.
5. It’s a Great Workout
Whilst yoga is obviously not as intensive as your usual workout methods, it does engage a load of muscle groups, making it a great alternative to weights when you’re in the mood for something a little more relaxing. ‘Power Yoga’ as it’s commonly referred to, can be ideal for those looking to tone and burn calories whilst also reaping the psychological rewards of the practice.
As always, stay fit and stay healthy!
Team Bua Fit