We live in an increasingly digital and unfocused world. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the torrent of information every day. Now, with almost everyone working at home, it’s even easier to get distracted and fall into the internet rabbit hole.
Instead of checking Instagram or Facebook for the 10th time, maybe it would be a better idea to put your phone aside and practice some yoga? Yoga is a powerful way to calm your nervous system and energize yourself to greet the morning sun.
Staring at a screen has been shown to raise cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone released by our brain to help us act on instincts to cope with physical threats. Cortisol’s release triggers physiological changes, such as spikes in blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate. In contrast, studies have shown that yoga can decrease cortisol’s secretion and improve your overall health.
What about retraining your brain to focus again, rather than seeking constant stimulation? Many people are distracted and stressed out, making it harder to manage their lives. To find some quiet time for yourself in your often chaotic schedule, just try squeezing in 15 minutes of daily yoga practice!
Here are just a few of the most impressive benefits of yoga after only a month:
- Yoga helps you become more body aware and boost your mental health. Yoga is a great tool to improve your mental health without medication. Depression, sleep disorders, and other mental health conditions can all benefit from practicing yoga.
- You would notice a physical change. Stress and anxiety may leave your muscles and tissues tight, tired, and stuck. Yoga can help you build muscular strength and retrains your deep connective tissue.
- You may lose weight. Losing weight is not only about highly intensive exercises all the time. Stretching also can help you lose subcutaneous fat significantly.
- Yoga also helps reduce chronic pain. It’s not a joke at all. I have a few friends that can’t survive without practicing yoga. One of them has chronic pain in her lower back. She used to do physiotherapy every month; it did work. But with March lockdown, she couldn’t continue. Constant chronic pain isn’t something to mess around with. She decided to start practicing yoga, and she has found yoga to be a natural pain relief treatment! What a great reason to give it a try!
- If you want to become more creative, it may be time to roll out your mat. Deep breathing techniques can stimulate and increase your happy, calm brain waves and help you tap into a place of connection and creativity.
I would encourage everyone to introduce yoga into daily routines. It’s one habit that may change you for the better.