So here's the thing... as much as I LOVE fitness and trying new workouts, and as much as I try to do everything that I know to be healthy for me, I still kind of hate yoga. I have some amazing yogi friends who teach and live yoga, but it just hasn't rubbed off on me. So here's why I continue to try yoga and keep it a part of my routine... and you should too.
Yoga improves a little bit of everything
Except for cardiovascular endurance, yoga improves balance, flexibility, strength, and muscular endurance. Seriously. That slow-paced, bores me if I'm not careful workout is good for just about everything your body needs to be happy, healthy, and super functional.
It's good for your mind
Yoga includes focusing on the present and clearing your mind of distractions. If you want to tell me you couldn't use more of that in your life, I'll smile and nod and we'll both know you're lying. Seriously, this is good for your mental AND physical health!
Improvement is easy to see
Some workouts take a while to see real improvement and your energy level can really effect whether or not you're able to do that extra pushup or not. Yoga, however, improves the body in so many areas, and in areas we often neglect that improvement can be quick and easily noticeable for the new yogi. Being able to bend a little further, hold your balance longer, and progress into a more difficult pose are all such rewarding outcomes of yoga.
There's probably a Yoga you'll Like best
Yoga is not a one-size fits all type of endeavor. There are all sorts of various that relate to the speed, difficulty, focus on strength building, temperature of the room. Ever heard of aerial yoga? Look it up. It's my next fitness adventure! Also, just like any group fitness class, the instructor can make a big difference. So if you gave up on yoga after one bad classroom or video experience, give it another shot with a different instructor.
If you don't like it, you probably need it
You've probably heard it before... if it challenges you it's probably good for you. And it's true. We tend to stay away from things that challenge us because they are difficult and we don't like to admit our areas of weakness.
The reasons I don't like yoga are exactly why I keep trying it. I get restless, distracted, and frustrated. Which means I need more practice with presence, focus, and clearing my mind. I may never be a yoga instructor or doing handstands with the masters, but I will keep it up as part of my routine, and so should you!
Are you a die hard yoga fan? What are some of the other great benefits of yoga? Leave your thoughts in the comments for everyone to learn from!
I'm Amanda K; lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and happiness.