top 5 benefits of yoga
Updated: Aug 15, 2018
When I connect with people about yoga, I often hear something along the lines of “oh, I can’t do that. I can’t even touch my toes!”. My response is always “well, good thing touching your toes isn’t a prerequisite!”.
The point of yoga is definitely not to touch your toes. In fact, it’s probably the furthest thing from the beauty of yoga. I can’t say that becoming more flexible and getting a workout weren’t my first goals when I stated because they 100% were.
That’s why I wanted to write this post. I want to expose those who are just starting yoga, or are curious about yoga, to my personal top 5 benefits of starting a yoga practice. So here they are….
Experiencing your breath
In with the good, out with the bad. We spend majority of our days taking shallow, mindless breaths. It’s no wonder so many of us are anxious! When we take short, choppy breaths all day long, we grow more and more anxious (fact). Yoga encourages the breath during practice by linking breath to movement. It also provides tools for specific breathing practices that all have their own individual benefits and purposes.
Manifesting a meditation practice
This one is newer to me and man is it worthy of all the hype it gets! Giving yourself time to sit and connect to your mind, body, and the universe while releasing judgement and fear as it surfaces… sign me up! We all NEED this. Sit down, close your eyes, and tune in. What’s the worst that could happen? Watch how your mind works and take note of all the belief systems you have created. They are illusions. Meditation and mindfulness help us see that all we really have is NOW. Soak it up, breathe it in, and enjoy.
Allowing your truth to surface
Living and speaking your truth is essential. When we are not living our truth, it surfaces through the mind and body in a number of ways. Yoga gave me the power and courage to take control of my life for the better. It guided me towards my purpose. Living your truth allows you to live an authentic life that is meaningful and mindful. Through yoga, you will be introduced to tools that allow your truth to manifest, whatever it may be. Pure magic.
Applying non attachment
Let that ish go. Non attachment was a game changer in my life when I first heard and studied the yamas in yoga. And no, I am not only talking about letting physical things that we have attached to and that we keep around go (it’s shoes for me. So. Many. Shoes.). I’m talking about all the thoughts we attach to that pull us all over the place. I’m talking about all the stories we have made up and told ourselves for so long. I’m talking about the emotions that surface. Yoga has helped me let it go, let it all go.
So when I first heard about non-violence, I immediately thought I was in the clear because I definitely don’t walk around punching and tripping people. However, after I learned more about this whole concept of non-violence, it was clear to me that I was a huge offender of violence towards myself. Once I started to really dig deep it was so evident how often I shamed myself and beat myself up over everything. Yoga is an unstoppable force for self love and forgiveness. It gives you tools to get rid of violent patterns you are carrying around with you each day. That in and of itself should be more than enough to get you started!
Luckily I have noticed that the vast majority of humans are starting to realize that yoga is not about touching your toes or standing on your head (yay!). My deepest hope is that this post inspires you to take a leap of faith and discover more about yoga or move deeper into your yoga practice. Namaste.