5 Reasons You Should Start a Yoga Practice

By Jill Lawson for DietsInReview.com

Beyond being tragically hip and in vogue, yoga is an incredibly beneficial activity for all ages and abilities. The health benefits of yoga are exponential, and many are much happier as a result of their practice. With all the great press yoga has received as a panacea for optimal health and wellness, it is surprising that there are still so many people who have yet to try yoga for the first time, or do not practice on a regular basis.

If you have never stepped onto a yoga mat, or if it has been a while since you’ve taken a yoga class, the following reasons why you should get with the program may inspire you to make it a priority.

You will gain inner peace and contentment.

This might be a huge turn-off to type A overachievers, but peace and contentment are two fundamental qualities that are necessary in completing complex tasks. Without them you might feel scattered, spread way too thin, or irritated with the to do list you’ve created for yourself. All types of yoga, from restorative to vigorous flow, will leave you feeling calm, cool, and collected so you can get the job done. Most importantly, when you are at peace with yourself, besides experiencing more success, you will experience more happiness.

Your body will feel better.

After practicing yoga for several weeks, or months, you will eventually say good-bye to early morning stiffness. If it takes you a couple of hours to get moving in the morning because your body is incredibly tight, go to yoga a couple of times a week and you will see a huge improvement in the way you feel.

Your body will look better.

This is really an afterthought compared with the psychological benefits of yoga, but it is an attractive side effect. Sculpted arms, toned legs, and the coveted yoga butt can all be yours if you make your yoga practice a part of your daily routine. Anyone check out Jennifer Aniston lately?

You will have more compassion for yourself and others.

I always tell my students to thank themselves for taking care of their mind and body with yoga, because when you take care of yourself, you have more energy to give to others. Yoga has a way of inviting us to look at the big picture of life and not take ourselves too seriously. When we let go of our own silly hang-ups or issues, we can clearly see how others might be suffering. This breeds compassion and a genuine desire to offer nothing short of loving kindness.

You will have better body awareness.

Having a keen sense of your body has a plethora of benefits. For starters, you will be less likely to overeat, you’ll know exactly which foods serve your body best, you’ll respect your body’s need to get more rest or get more exercise, and you’ll experience heightened sensual pleasure during sex.

Find a reason that resonates with you and hop on board. Be a part of the 15 million happy, fit, and healthy Americans who frequent yoga studios across the country.

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Aneta J.
Aneta J5 years ago

hope to start yoga exercises as soon as possible thanks

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

love it

Jamie B.
Marijo B5 years ago

Yoga indeed offers many benefits, including those described above. However, what is being promoted as "yoga" in most gyms and studios is NOT classical yoga, but mere physical exercise bordering on gymnastics, difficult poses which can only be performed by skinny people in great shape. Real classical yoga is about the BREATH and how the pose makes you feel inside, NOT how you look doing it or how much you exert yourself. This is the kind of yoga I teach: www.heartofyoga.com

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

cause im tired of my back and knees bothering me.

Anne P.
Anne P5 years ago

Thanks for this article. I have wanted to get back to yoga practice after a break of many years. Classes are expensive so I bought a beginners yoga DVD on-line and plan to start soon at home.

Debbie M.
Debbie Miller5 years ago

Great reasons, love yoga!

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

i wish i could afford to go to a weekly yoga class. i know i could do it by myself at home but i'm just not motivated enough and i don't know all the moves.

Cindy Wade
Cindy W5 years ago

I started practicing Ashtanga yoga in January. My original intention was to go only once a week but I instantly loved the practice and regularly go 2-3 times a week. It has done amazing things for my mind and body and I can't imagine my life without it.

Sheleen Addison
Sheleen Addison5 years ago

I love yoga but there doesnt seem to be a class in my area and as I am only a beginner I am not sure if I am doing it right

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago