Instant gratification is attractive when it comes to fitness and weight loss. The diet and exercise fads that flaunt quick results are the most successful at grabbing the attention, and dollars, of millions of hopeful Americans.
While yoga does not top the list as a fast way to lose weight, it does drastically improve overall health and wellbeing, even after just one class. Many of yoga’s health benefits are felt instantly, and with little effort.
For those of you in need of some immediate benefits, read what you will feel the moment you start doing yoga.
A few minutes into yoga will have you standing up a little straighter. Yoga not only helps to decompress your spine and enhance your posture, it makes you feel taller, leaner, and stronger as a result of your improved posture.
Taking those first deep breaths at the start of your practice refreshes your mind, clears your thoughts and sharpens your focus. A clearer mind means less stress, and a stress-free mind is a happy mind. You will be amazed at how big of an impact a little deep breathing can have on your attitude.
Sitting all day in the car or at a desk is hard on your body. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can be very agonizing to your hips, low back and neck. Light movement and stretching does wonders to relieve nagging, muscular discomfort. Remember, there is no need to touch your toes in yoga. A little goes a long way in saying goodbye to bodily aches and pains.
Once you get into the habit of going to yoga on a regular basis, you will be inspired to keep going. When you start feeling these and other immediate benefits, it will be hard for you to miss yoga. The more you practice, the better you will feel, and the better you feel, the more yoga you will want to do. And, as we always say, when you do yoga, it doesn’t just help you; it helps those around you too.