Little Known Benefits of Yoga

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This dude knows what’s good.

If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know that I’m a big fan of yoga. I even have a nice little category about my adventures in yoga under “The Angry Yogini”! Every so often I have to wax poetic about my love of yoga because it’s so much more than yoga pants, seemingly impossible positions and white women in their mid forties. Yoga is good for everyBODY.

See what I did there?

It doesn’t matter what your gender is, it doesn’t matter your race, it doesn’t matter your body type. Yoga is good for you! The big thing people usually talk about is improved flexibility and with all the bends and twists per pose, it’s easy to see why. However, I want to highlight the lesser talked about things that I’ve benefited from by doing yoga on the regular.


You Get Mad Breath Control

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Woosa…

Yoga usually goes at a moderate pace and it’s encouraged to “marry the breath with the movement”. It’s difficult to do at first, but eventually, it becomes second nature. Along with that, you become better at timing your breath with every movement until eventually you come to the realization that your breathing as a whole is slower and deeper.  I can coast on one breath for a while which is pretty impressive but it also keeps me calmer which may lead to my next point.


Calming Down is Easier

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Whether it’s dealing with unsavory people or experiencing a rough day, if I get too agitated I find it easier to come back to a calm place. Or my “center”, if you want to call it that. I think we all experience anxiety at some point in our lives, but with yoga on my side those moments are shorter than they would have been for me in the past. I’d even go as far to say that yoga helps me sleep better. It doesn’t take me nearly as long to fall asleep. If I have one of those restless nights, even doing a little yoga helps get me there.


Staying Still is Easier

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Yoga as a practice is supposed to make it easier to sit for long hours and meditate as a way of becoming self aware. Maybe that’s why these days I find it easier to stay still. I can’t explain it but I don’t fidget nearly as much when I keep up with my practice. I’m like a statue. I’m not moving unless I need to. With as much nervous energy as I have, I feel like this was a huge feat when I noticed.


I have no doubt that there are probably several other unexpected benefits from doing yoga, but these are the ones I noticed the most above everything else. I’m about five years in, but who knows where I’ll be years down the road. I would love to know any benefits that anyone else has gained from their practice, so sound off in the comments if you want to testify!

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