Why Yoga is for everyone
Updated: May 28, 2018
Ever wonder why yoga is so popular? It’s because it offers something for everyone, regardless of age, gender, size, shape, background, and fitness level.
Here are my top reasons why yoga is for everyone.
Everyone can find yoga classes to suit their needs
These days, there are all types of yoga classes out there. So you can easily find one that suits you. If you’re new to yoga, look for beginner classes, or classes that promise to accommodate all levels of ability. These classes will help introduce you to the poses and the sequences gently, and will help you to build strength and flexibility.
Yoga is non-competitive and adaptable to every shape and age
Because yoga isn’t one size fits all, you can adapt it to your own body. There is a basic outline and alignment for each posture, but it’s also about listening to your own body and moving within your own ability.
Yoga relieves stress
Let’s face it, we all have a certain amount of stress in our lives. Whether it’s fretting about work, relationships, kids, traffic, money, the future, weight or illness – it’s there, in our heads, in some form or other. In yoga, we learn to pay attention to our breathing, and our breath is the easiest way to change our mindset and stop worrying about those stressful thoughts that go through our heads on a daily basis.
Yoga is amazing for releasing tension and gaining flexibility
Letting go of tension and lengthening out the body feels incredible, and it’s something everyone could use in their life. When you start a yoga practice, it’s all about stretching within your own limitations. But you’ll find that the breath helps you go deeper into each posture and you open up more every day. It’s a process and it takes time, but the more you practice, the more you progress.
Yoga strengthens the body too
Yoga helps you to develop strength by using your core to support yourself and by actively engaging your muscles to keep you balanced in a pose you are toning as well as stretching.
No-one is judging you
Everyone's body is different. You will be tight in some areas, and flexible in other ways. But so will everyone else. And very quickly you will realise that your fellow yogis are more focused on calming their breath and improving their own well-being than looking sideways to rate their neighbour. Everyone who practices yoga was once a beginner, so regardless of what they’re capable of on the mat now, there is no judgement, only encouragement.
Yoga is empowering
Yoga helps you tune in to your own instincts and teaches you to lead from your heart and gut. The more you learn to rely on yourself and discover the power of your breath and your own potential, the stronger and more confident you will feel and be in life.
Yoga can be done anywhere, anytime
All you need is your body and your breath to practice yoga. Mats are easy to carry, but you can also just use a towel on the floor, at the beach, on the grass, or on a deck in front of the ocean. It’s amazing to be anywhere, even just at your desk chair, and be able to break out a few yoga moves to relieve tension and feel better.
You can practice yoga for your entire life
As a child, yoga helps to channel frustration (which can be one of the main causes of children acting out). As you get older, it is a low impact exercise that helps you to stay fit, flexible and agile, enabling you to live, work and parent in a stress-free way. Later in life, it will help your mind and body stay limber and strong to keep up with those active grandchildren.
Have yourself a great day