So often people find themselves wanting to get active, but are completely unsure where to even begin to pick something from the massive amount of options available out there. If you are looking for something that will not only gently strengthen your body, but also free your mind, why not try out yoga?
Here are our 5 favourite reasons to roll out a yoga mat:
1. Your moment of zen: Yoga lowers stress and improves your mood
The meditation techniques often used in yoga are known to lower stress levels, help you focus on your breathing and as such, help to clear your mind – leaving you happier and more relaxed.
2. Tone it up: Yoga sculpts your muscles and improve your strength
While different yoga styles, from Hatha to Ashtanga to power yoga, range in physical intensity, all of them help improve muscle strength. The great thing about it is that different poses target different muscle groups from the upper body to hamstrings, quadriceps to abs, and to the lower back.
3. Stand tall: Yoga improves your posture
Say goodbye to slouching! Thanks to strengthened abdominal and back muscles, your weight is better supported and you are more easily able to sit or stand with correct posture.
4. Stretch it out: Yoga improves flexibility
Yoga safely stretches your muscles, ligaments and tendons and increases the range of motion in your joints.
5. Whenever, wherever: Yoga can be done anywhere
One of the best things about it is that you don’t need a gym or a fancy studio to do it in! Rain or shine, big bank account or tight budget, all you need is a mat and a floor to put it on – scratch that, yoga out in nature is amazing, so really, you don’t even need a mat, just some solid ground. We’d still recommend you start out with an instructor though!
Are you willing to give yoga a shot? We’d love to hear about it! #BeActive!