Why We Love Yoga: 6 Physical and Emotional Benefits of Your Yoga Practice
LA-based yoga teacher Aerial Lynn inspires with yoga’s many lasting good vibes and physical benefits.
Yoga and meditation have temporary and lifelong benefits that often start on the mat. Let’s discuss how a dedicated practice can boost both your everyday living and contribute to a lifetime of zen and bliss!
3 emotional qualities that yoga and meditation can contribute to:
Emotional Benefit #1: Patience
Through vinyasa flow yoga and meditation, we can focus on our breath and keeping ourselves in the present moment. The more we equalize with lengthened inhales and exhales, the more we are able to slow everything down. We learn to maintain our slow, deep breaths even when we find ourselves in a tough asana. Finding stillness opens up to patience and vice versa.
Emotional Benefit #2: Compassion
By practicing around others, we are able to notice how everyone is in their own space and at their own point of practice. This allows us to take our lives off the mat into consideration. We start to think about the fact that everyone has their own purpose and is living their own life, despite any challenges they may have to go through. Yoga allows us to see our strengths and weaknesses as a beautiful, individual journey.
Emotional Benefit #3: Awareness
The connection of body and mind becomes clearer after yoga and meditation practice. By turning inward, we are able to pay attention to how we feel both physically and emotionally. By bringing ourselves into the present moment, all of the thoughts that race through our heads become background noise and our minds and bodies become our main focus.
3 physical qualities that yoga and meditation can contribute immensely to:
Physical Benefit #1: Posture
An emphasis on formation is critical for a safe practice. If we pay attention to alignment, we can improve the way we stand and sit. For example, the simplicity of a Mountain Pose, or Tadasana, is much more complex than one may think. Lengthening a spine, keeping shoulders back, and other adjustments can be hard work. But with consistent practice we can open up the parts of our bodies we tend to neglect—such as out chest and shoulders—and ultimately create better posture.
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Physical Benefit #2: Digestion/Metabolism
Inversions and twists can be life changing when it comes to digestion and metabolism. By strengthening our abdominal muscles, we also strengthen our organs, which are the center of digestion. Vinyasa flow helps with circulation to really get our blood flowing in all the right places.
Physical Benefit #3: Energy
The combination of all the benefits of yoga—physical and mental—can provide us with great energy. Cultivating the best version of oneself through a yoga and meditation practice can boost motivation. Moving and stretching in yoga, especially during forward folds and inversions, helps blood circulation. The combo makes us feel good all around!