I’m all about self-care and taking time for myself right now and recently, I’ve even dabbled with a bit of yoga which is said to have way more self-care benefits than I would expect from watching people bend themselves into what look like impossible positions.
(I should probably point out here that when I say I’ve ‘dabbled’ with Yoga, that actually means that I’ve had two sessions where I’ve watched a YouTube video in my pyjamas in the living room and made some vague attempt to follow along.)
The reason I want to give Yoga a good go is that I’ve read about so many benefits from practising yoga that I really want to get on board with it. I’m not confident enough to go to an actual class though as I feel like everyone else there will know exactly what they’re doing and I’ll just be sitting in the corner bent out of shape like a pretzel.
This is the video I’ve found that seems to be the easiest for me to follow but there are plenty more on YouTube if you want to have a look around to see what suits you:
When I was looking for a YouTube tutorial, I just searched YouTube for beginners Yoga and found various different types – all of which have plenty of beginners tutorials:
- Hatha yoga
- Gentle stretch yoga
- Hot yoga
- Aerial yoga
- Online yoga
Here’s just a few of the benefits of yoga and the reasons why I really want to be able to get the hang of it…
Yoga Gives You Time To Yourself
If you are looking to do more activities on your own to give your mind a little break from your hectic life, yoga is perfect for that. By committing to doing yoga daily or at least on a regular basis, you can tell your family that you want this time to work on your yoga alone and hopefully, you’ll be able to just shut the door of the room you want to practice in and have some uninterrupted time to yourself.
Some people benefit from going to yoga classes with their friends and getting to know like-minded people this isn’t for me just yet and I have no intention of pushing outside my comfort zone on this one as the main purpose of me doing this is self-care which means it’s what I want without worrying about anything else.
Yoga Can Be Done In Any Length of Time
Another reason to start practising yoga for self-care is that you can spend just a few minutes on it at home if that’s al you have or longer if you have more time.
Once you learn some of the basic moves and stretches, you can do yoga just about anywhere and in any circumstance. You really can fit it in while dinner is cooking, early in the morning, or any time over the weekend.
Yoga Can Relieve Stress And Anxiety
This is my main reason for wanting to master Yoga! I know that it’s proven to reduce stress and anxiety and can be a bit of an escape from everyday worries, even just for a little while. I know that through Yoga, I should be able to learn how to calm my mind and release negative energy, find clarity, and improve my stress levels.
Yoga Can Improve Physical Health
Yoga also seems like it’s going to do the trick on a physical level as well as a mental level. From watching the videos, it looks simple enough but having actually had a go, it definitely takes more effort than you might think. It’s said to be great for toning your body, improving your flexibility, and strengthening your muscles.
It’s completely free
You don’t have to spend a single penny to get all of the benefits of Yoga if you choose to teach yourself using an online tutorial and to be fair, even if you went to a class you’re not going to break the bank.
Considering the benefits of Yoga and the fact you can try it for free, why not give it a go today! 🙂
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