Most of us are well aware of some of the common benefits of yoga – better posture, improved flexibility, overall well-being – but what about those oftentimes overlooked benefits? These days, yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise, for both the body and the mind. As this ancient form of exercise continues to gain notoriety and people all over the world are rolling out their mats and getting their downward dog on, we expect to learn even more about how it can contribute to your overall health and wellness. While yoga has certainly experienced a surge in popularity in the western world in recent years, it is in fact an ancient practice that works to connect the mind, body, and spirit through various poses (asanas), controlled breathing, and meditation.
If you are looking for a yoga facility in Arlington or Bedford, look no further than Fitness Nation. We offer a wide range of yoga classes, all of which aim to help you feel and look your best. Whether you are in the mood for a sweaty vinyasa flow class or are looking for a class that will help you unwind after a long day of work, you’re in luck. As a 24-hour luxury gym, we have made it a point to offer a range of group classes that will fit any need or mood.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the most unusual – or perhaps less known – benefits of yoga:
One of the most appreciated, albeit less discussed, benefits of yoga is timelessness. What we mean by this is that, with the help of yoga, you will develop a deeper appreciation of every moment. One of the most important lessons learned through yoga classes is to savor each moment and be present, as opposed to staring at a ticking clock and waiting for something to happen in the future.
Another less common benefit of yoga is discipline. This is especially true if you are able to get into a routine, say 4 to 5 days per week. Once you get into this daily routine of attending yoga, you may find that you will be more disciplined in other areas of your life. For example, being present in conversations and more aware is something you are likely to experience through deepening your yoga practice.
- Better Breathing
Whether you are a beginner yogi or have been practicing for many years, one thing we can all agree on is how important the breath is to this practice. While the postures are undoubtedly important in any yoga class, so is the breath. As you begin to deepen your practice, you will become more aware of the intake and outflow of your breath, which will help you slow down and take a step back when necessary.
- Better Listening Skills
Even if you consider yourself a good listener, you will be surprised at how much you will grow in this area through your yoga practice. During class, you will learn to listen to your instructor (even when it hurts) and remove your ego from the entire process as you listen to what was really said. This means that, as you deepen your practice, you will likely start to listen a little better, improving more and more each day.
Remember that yoga is a practice and something that you will only get better at with time and patience. Be kind to yourself and do what feels best. To learn more about our Arlington or Bedford yoga classes, please do not hesitate to contact us.