When the stress is building, and you feel like you’re going to explode, it’s always a good idea to get out, get active, and get exercising. But when the cold weather hits, and your schedule fills up, it can be hard getting to the gym, or even having the energy to get out of your nice warm bed in the morning. Yoga is a great way to stay fit without hard “wear ‘n tear” fitness routines that your body seems immune to during the winter. Not only is it good physically for your body, but it has emotional benefits as well. And on the plus side, who doesn’t love a good excuse to go and buy some more Lulu Lemon gear?
Yoga keeps your muscles toned and makes your body more limber. If you stick with yoga, you will notice that your muscles will become much more flexible and soon you’ll be hitting those headstands easily.
Say goodbye to the aches and pains your lower neck and back start to feel when you hit that afternoon slump. Studies have shown that yoga helps improve posture and spinal adjustment, which keeps your body from feeling sensitive and sore throughout the day.
Increases Heart Rate
Stretches such as the Down-ward Dog and the Tree pose have shown to improve blood circulation and increase your heart rate. This gives you a nice rosy post-workout glow that will leave you feeling great the rest of the day.
Calms Your Body
The key to relaxation is good breathing, and yoga is a great way to get active and learn how to do it. Yoga classes are a great way to learn more about your breathing and the inner self in a group setting. They encourage focusing on the present and teaching strategies to cope with outside stress.
Studies have shown that participating in yoga on a regular basis helps improve your coordination, memory, and reaction time. Taking as little as a 15-minute break from your studies to stretch it out with some basic yoga poses can be the difference between that B+ to an A on your next exam!
Anything that increases happiness should always be a priority in your life. People who participate in consistent yoga practices have shown an increase in serotonin levels and an overall happier outlook on life. So get out, channel your inner yogi, and soon you’ll be on your way to a more relaxed and happier you!
By Annie O’Sullivan