There are many reasons why more people are beginning to look towards Mind-Body Interventions (MBIs) such as yoga and meditation before starting their day. In a recent study conducted by Coventry University researches found that not only does it relax us they also “can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression.” It seems that this is all the more reason to engage in a practice like yoga before leaving home and taking on the mass hysteria of the day. But in case you need more reasons here are five that just may do the trick.
1. Improves your flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the foremost benefits that stand out in yoga. In the beginning it’s safe to say that most people have problems with achieving many of the elastic positions as the flexibility is limited earlier in the practice. However, over time you’ll begin to loosen and find yourself grabbing a hold of your toes and doing movements you couldn’t weeks prior. You’ll also notice that aches and pains will start to disappear. Tightness of muscles and joints in one area can lead to problems building in another. So the more you stretch the more your body begins to loosen and perform the way it should.
2. Perfects your posture
Poor posture is common in our daily practice. Lots of people tend to walk with a slight bend in their back, lean back while driving, and keep their head tilted beyond the proper position where it should rest right above the spine. As the day goes on these habits begin to take a toll on the body ultimately leading to higher fatigue and improper posture. Yoga helps to correct those joints and muscles. and encourages you to practice perfect posture throughout your day.
3. Builds muscle strength
Strong muscles can obviously lead to a better look but it can also protect us from conditions such as arthritis and back pain. With yoga, you balance this strength with flexibility which makes for the perfect health of your muscles.
4. Helps you focus
An essential component of yoga is focusing on the present. Most of us tend to go through out the day thinking about the past or worried about a future that may or may not ever come. Yoga increases your awareness in the moment that you are in. As you focus on the movements it takes energy directed solely at the goal to achieve the correct posture and hold it in that moment. Additionally, “studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores. People who practice meditation demonstrate the ability to solve problems and acquire recall information better-probably because they’re less distracted by their thoughts, which can play over and over like an endless tape loop.”
5. Relaxes you
Yoga encourages you to slow your breathing, be calm, and be in the present. It “shifts the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (the fight-or-flight response) to a parasympathetic nervous system. The latter is calming and restorative which leads to lowers breathing and heart rates, decreased blood pressure and increase blood flow to the intestines and reproductive organs.”
These are just a few reasons why you may want to start your day with yoga before leaving your home and taking on the world. There are far more medical, physical, and mental benefits to yoga but hopefully this gives you a good start to get going!