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Want to ensure balance in your life? Try yoga. It is an effective habit you can pick up to help you become a happier, healthier, and better person!
A regular yoga practice helps to reduce the levels of cortisol, the hormone released by the body during stress. Increased levels of cortisol can lead to blood sugar imbalance and diabetes, weight gain and obesity, immune system suppression, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular diseases and fertility problems. These problems are very common among people in high-stress jobs. During a yoga session, the body is trained to relax while doing poses that can be difficult. The more often you practice yoga, the more the body learns how to relax in a difficult situation. The brain will learn how to apply this even while you’re dealing with stressful conditions at work and at home.
When you practice yoga, you concentrate on your breath to hold a pose with ease. Your worries and anxieties fade away as you tune in to yourself. You are able to de-stress from the pressure of a demanding work day. You go home to your family with a clear mind and a happy heart!
Yoga allows you to breathe deeply and release physical and emotional tension, activating your parasympathetic nervous system. This promotes better quality sleep so you wake up refreshed and ready for your busy day ahead.
It may seem contradictory that spending 60 to 90 minutes a day practicing yoga can free up your time. But because you learn how to focus on one thing at a time through yoga, you are able to apply this to other tasks that need to be done. You become more efficient, thereby freeing up time that you would otherwise use on procrastinating.
When you start your yoga practice, you will likely feel tightness in your muscles and stiffness in the body. But you learn that these limitations can be overcome with consistent practice. Knowing you have limitations does not mean that you are giving up. Rather, you work with what you have and achieve the results you desire through persistence and commitment. You take these lessons off the mat and apply this to your work projects and personal relationships as well.
Yoga teaches the benefits of pausing and waiting to allow you to get farther. Pausing is not defeat; pausing is an opportunity to replenish your energy and prolong both your physical and mental stamina. In the same manner, you would learn when to take strategic pauses in your work day-- even just for a few minutes at a time-- so you feel energized rather than drained by the tasks that lie ahead of you.