There are plenty of reasons why people practise yoga. Here’s the brilliant bit, this blog will explore these reasons with the actual science behind them. That way you can find out which of our yoga challenges are right for you and your health goals.
So what are the main reasons people practise yoga?
“I do yoga because I want to feel more toned and flexible.”
“I do yoga because I want to feel great and get more focused.”
“I do yoga to unwind and de-stress.”
“I do yoga because I get more focus”
Reason: Yoga helps you to focus on your thoughts, body and behaviour, these get moved across into other aspects of your daily routine. Research has shown that people start eating better, quitting alcohol or caffeine and swapping habits that are bad for something better.
Your body can adapt and can change depending on your environment, your behaviour and your experiences. Yoga can help speed this process along by helping you to challenge and change your outlook, mentally and physically.
As you undertake our challenges and read our blogs about yoga, you will notice how you can get better, stronger and healthier. You have your brain to thank for that; it helps to facilitate these learning experiences whether they be good or bad. The nerve cells within your brain called neurones can make new connections, reorganise neurone pathways and even create new neurones. By changing the behavior and processes of these cells, you are also physically and emotionally changing your behavior and processes. You are learning continuously through your thoughts and movements in whatever environment you happen to find yourself in.
“I do yoga because I want to unwind and destress”
Reason: Yoga can equip you with the coping skills necessary to deal with everyday stress. Overall, those who practise yoga feel naturally calmer and more at peace. You have your nervous system to thank for that.
Your central nervous system (CNS) is sensory system that sends and receives information about your organs from the the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS consists of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. PNS helps you to recover from stress, helping you to reduce any stress or anxiety hormones present in your body.
Your PNS counteracts the effects made by it’s co-partner the ANS. This is an involuntary system that controls organs that need to be running in your body constantly. The ANS can cause symptoms of stress including raised heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing and blood sugar levels. If you regularly practise yoga, ANS will be less activated than PNS as a response to a stressful situation.
Stress as we all know can have negative effect on our health and daily life. So any reduction can be a life saver in preventing long and short term illness.
“I do yoga to get more toned and flexible”
Reason: Yoga stretches your body’s capabilities in new ways. As you move through the poses, you will put be shifting your weight across all areas of the body, areas that might never have been worked on before. It is these new movements and motions that can offer you the best benefits.
You are holding poses which works on joints, ligaments and tendons not used or exercised before, getting additional strength and flexibility in a variety of organs that do not usually get stimulated externally.
Muscles that are left unused and untested remain quite stiff, tight and short. When you workout your muscles through a series of stretches, they become much more relaxed and tension free.
Combining yoga with other cardiovascular exercises can help use up those calories from food consumed. Balancing your calorie input with physical output is an important step to toning up. Find out more by checking out our toning up blogs.