10 Amazing Benefits Of Yoga

I have been doing yoga on and off for a number of years now and I still think it is one of the best forms of exercise out there. It’s got tons of amazing health benefits for both the body and the mind. This month I have been enjoying the YouTube yoga videos on the Yoga With Adriene channel rolling out my mat each day to do the True 30 Days Of Yoga series. I am definitely feeling the benefits of a regular practice after only two weeks so I thought I would share with you all the awesome things that come from taking up yoga.

Boosts Energy

Yoga is an awesome natural energy booster. Many mornings I have woken up feeling a little meh, but as soon as I’m flowing through the yoga poses I feel wide awake and alert. Yoga gets the blood circulating around the body so a fresh supply of oxygen to the brain is going to make you feel totally energized and ready for the day ahead.

Improves Flexibility

A common misconception is that you need to be super flexible to practice yoga. As Adriene will tell you in the videos, yoga is suitable for any ages and any level of fitness. The more you practice however, the more supple your muscles will become and flexibility will gradually increase over time. It’s all about progression not perfection.

Strengthens Muscles

There are so many poses in yoga which improve strength and help to tone your body. The ones which spring to mind right now are downward dog, plank pose, side plank, boat pose and chair pose. In yoga, you use your own body weight as resistance and this is great for building muscle and improving strength. It is so satisfying to return to the mat each day feeling a little stronger than the day before.

Immune System

Yoga is amazing for your lymphatic system which plays a vital role in immunity. Lymph vessels transport white blood cells around the body which attack bacteria and fight off infections. A well functioning lymphatic system means you are less likely to catch colds and viruses as your body’s defense mechanisms are working well.

Clarity & Focus

Yoga is so good for quietening the mind and letting distracting thoughts fade into the background. As you focus on the poses and breathing, patience and concentration improves – a skill which you can take with you off the mat with you into your everyday life. After yoga, I always feel calm and focused and ready to  have a productive day.

Weight Loss

Yoga is a fantastic type of exercise to consider if you are trying to lose weight as it works with both the body and the mind. The physical postures in yoga strengthen and tone which helps to transform the shape of your body. Also, if you are feeling calm, balanced and in control, you are more likely to make good healthy food choices instead of eating out of stress or bordem.

Detoxification

A yoga routine can detox both your body and your mind. Physically, yoga is great for stimulating the digestive system and cleansing the liver which removes toxins from the body. Mentally, yoga helps to dispel negative thought patterns and retrains your mind to think positively and optimistically. Yoga can give you an amazing detox better than any sort of restrictive diet.

Reduces Stress & Anxiety

Yoga reduces stress and anxiety by lowering blood pressure and regulating important hormones. An interesting study conducted in 2010 published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that those who regularly practiced yoga had increased levels of the amino acid GABA. This neurotransmitter is associated with improved mood and decreased anxiety. Gotta love a bit of science.

Improves Sleep

Among the many benefits of yoga, a restful sleep is one of them. There are tons of yoga poses and sequences which calm the mind and reduce anxiety leaving you feeling calm and relaxed. Sleep is so important as it is the time when our body removes toxins and undergoes cellular repair – so adding some yoga into your life does wonders for your health overall.

Encourages A Healthy Lifestyle

If practiced regularly, yoga can help enable you to live a healthy lifestyle. It sets the tone for a positive and productive day. It reduces stress and allows you to make good decisions, especially when it comes to eating a nutritious balanced diet. You feel fitter, stronger, happier, healthier and ready to take on whatever life throws at you. So yeah, I think yoga is pretty awesome.

Do you practice yoga? Do you do YouTube Yoga or go to a fitness class? If you are feeling inspired to give it a try, I recommend checking out Yoga With Adriene to find a video which suits you.

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44 Comments

  1. January 15, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Half an hour before I stumbled over this post I did yoga myself – so I completely agree with you. There is hardly anything more relaxing than a bit of Yoga after a stressful day, and if you find the right work-out it can be challenging as well. Great post xX

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Thanks so much Susanne! 💖 That’s awesome you had just done a yoga workout before commenting 😍. I agree, yoga is so relaxing but also a great workout! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  2. January 15, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I have done only one class of yoga and i quite liked it. I knew there were some benefits but didn’t know there were that many! xx corinne

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:17 am

      Thanks so much for your comment Corinne 💖. I didn’t know there were so many benefits either 🙈 makes me motivated to keep going with it 😘 xx

  3. January 15, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    I found this post at the perfect time because I’ve been thinking about starting Yoga, I’ve never tried it before but it sounds so appealing to me. I’m for sure going to check Adriene out too :)!

    L xo
    http://www.lindsaymurrell.co.uk

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:18 am

      Yay! I’m so glad my post found you at the right time Lindsay 💖. Yoga with Adriene is such a good place to start. Hope you enjoy it and thank you for commenting 😘 xx

  4. January 15, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Haven’t done any yoga but always admired people who do and didn’t realise how many benefits can be gained from doing it. I have a deteriorating spine so struggle to do everyday tasks so unsure if yoga will ever be on my to do list, but well done and keep it up 👍🏻

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:20 am

      Aw thank you so much for your encouraging comment Melanie 💖😘 xx

  5. January 15, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Hey yoga buddy! 💁🏽💕I’m glad to see a post like this! People underestimate the power of yoga and all of its benefits. Matter of a fact I know people that think it’s easy 🙃 Lol let them try so of those poses and don’t see if they can’t stop sweating or falling. Great list! I need to go get my yoga on at the beach this weekend 🤸🏽‍♀️(Lol yoga NEEDS an emoji)

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Yoga on the beach sounds amazing Lena! 💖 I did a yoga class on the beach in Mexico once and it was an amazing experience & super relaxing! ☺️ I’m glad you love yoga as much as I do 🙏🏻🧘🏼‍♀️💕 and thank you so much for the positive encouraging comment 😘 xx

  6. January 15, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I need to start yoga straight away! I’ve never really been a hardcore fitness person and HATE some forms of exercise. I definitely need to loose a little weight after the Christmas period though so really think that I could both enjoy this and benefit from it!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Thank you so much for your comment Sophie 💖. Yoga is definitely a great form of exercise and good for weight loss too! ☺️ Hope you enjoy! 💕 xx

  7. January 15, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I never knew yoga had so many benefits! I need to have a go at this! 💗

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Definitely! 💖 It’s well worth giving it a try ☺️. Thank you for commenting Fern 😘 xx

  8. January 15, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Lovely post Bexa, I really must do more yoga as I’m really not flexible at all! I get into the swing of it for a few days then give up so I must persevere! xx.

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:29 am

      I know what you mean, it can be hard to keep up with, I do skip days here and there 🙈. It’s definitely worth doing a challenge or series to keep it varied & interesting though ☺️. Thank you so much for your comment Rebecca & so glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  9. January 15, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I feel like Yoga is so good for the mind and relaxing!

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Definitely agree! 💖 Yoga makes me feel so chilled afterwards. Thank you for commenting Ellie 😘 xx

  10. Shaun
    January 15, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    A great post Bexa 😘. I never knew yoga had so many benefits 😄. It’s good to know that yoga improves your sleep and helps your immune system ☺️. A really useful post 😄😍❤️😘 xxxx

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely positive comment Shaun 💖. I didn’t know Yoga had so many benefits either – probably explains why I love sleeping so much he he 😌🙈. I’m glad you liked the post ☺️😘😍 xxxx

  11. January 15, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    I only tried yoga once but I got thrown out of the class for giggling, oops… Maybe I need to investigate YouTube, I know that it’s really beneficial in all kinds of ways, although I didn’t realise quite how many until I read your post! Thank you for such an informative and useful round up, I’ve bookmarked it to refer to – I would love to feel wide awake and alert in the mornings! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:36 am

      He he, that made me laugh! 😂 I suppose doing Yoga at home means you don’t need to worry about being kicked out by anyone 😝. Thank you so much for the encouraging comment Lisa 💕. So glad you found the post useful and hope you enjoy it if you give YouTube yoga a go 😘 xx

  12. January 15, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    I used to do yoga when I was younger, and I haven’t for a while. I have seen my flexibility diminish so much! So I was contemplating on starting again and this may be the little push I was wanting!! Reducing stress and anxiety is just a huge bonus too!

    Thanks for a great post Bexa!

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:38 am

      Aw thank you so much for your positive and encouraging comment Jennifer 💖. I’m so glad the post has inspired you to get back into it again. It definitely does wonders for reducing stress & anxiety 🙏🏻☺️ xx

  13. January 16, 2018 / 12:45 am

    I will certainly be trying this. The benefits sound excellent. For some reason it is only since the start of the month I have fancied trying yoga and have heard so many positive comments. I wouldn’t be comfortable at the minute going to a class so this sounds an excellent way to get into this. Fab post xx

    Stacey | SimplyStacey.co.uk

    • January 16, 2018 / 7:40 am

      Thanks so much for the positive comment Stacey 💖. That’s so awesome you are going to give yoga a try, I hope you like it and feel the awesome benefits 😘 xx

  14. January 16, 2018 / 9:54 am

    Great post. Good to know the benefits of what your getting yourself into… although one of my goals was to take up yoga, I haven’t actually taken the plunge as yet (crazy january) I’m glad I’ve set it as one of my year goals as I can pick up once the house move is over with and not feel bad about failing a goal 🙂 . I look forward to getting started and will also be using Adriene’s YouTube videos to get me set up. Thanks for sharing Bexa. Xx

    • January 16, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your comment Laura! 💖 I’m so glad you enjoyed the post ☺️. I hope your house move is going well and that you enjoy some nice relaxing yoga when you have settled in ☺️ Yoga With Adriene is the perfect place to start 💕 xx

  15. January 16, 2018 / 10:09 am

    I have tried yoga and Pilates and I absolutely love both of them! You have inspired me to try a bit of yoga again, get this broken body stretching 😂

    • January 16, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Aw yay! So glad I’ve inspired you! 💖 That’s awesome, hope you enjoy it again ☺️. Thank you for your comment Shevy 😘 xx

  16. January 16, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I did a post very similar to this at the beginning of December when I started upping my yoga practices considerably to what I was doing for the rest of the year. Definitely agree with these also it helps you feel more grounded xxx

    • January 16, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      January is the perfect time to up the yoga practices as it sets the tone for a positive year ahead 💖. I think I remember reading your post a while back ☺️. It’s great we are both doing Yoga With Adriene. Thank you for your lovely comment Jenny! 😘 xx

  17. January 16, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I’ve never done yoga (unless you count that random class I did years ago) but I used to do a lot of pilates which has a bit of overlap in terms of benefits! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • January 17, 2018 / 6:32 am

      Yeah, I imagine Pilates is also really good for you too. I did a few classes a long time ago but found it really hard 🙈. I wouldn’t mind giving it a try again though to see if I can do it ☺️. Thanks for the comment Sophie! 💖 xx

  18. January 17, 2018 / 5:52 am

    For some reason I’ve been reluctant to really get into Yoga. I think the idea of going to a class has been holding me back. I’ll try the Yoga With Adriene channel you suggested! Thanks for the suggestion and for outlining the benefits of yoga. This post was just the push I needed!

    • January 17, 2018 / 6:34 am

      Thanks so much for the encouraging comment Lady B 💖. I’m so glad you are feeling motivated to try Yoga With Adriene, she is a fabulous teacher! Let he know what you think 😘 xx

  19. January 18, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Such a fab, informative post! I used to practice yoga quite a lot but it’s sort of been phased out over the last couple of years. Reading this has inspired me to get back into it! I will definitely check out some YouTube tutorials and try and find a class in my area.
    I’m glad you have found so many benefits to practicing yoga!

    Love, Mary 💕
    Ps. I love your blog and your Twitter so much!

    • January 19, 2018 / 8:01 am

      Yay! 💖 I’m so glad you feel inspired to get back into yoga again! That’s awesome Mary ☺️. YouTube is great to ease back into it, I also enjoy classes too for a bit of variety. Thanks so much for the lovely positive comment and enjoy your yoga 💕 xx

  20. January 18, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    What a fabulous post! I’ve been looking to do Yoga for awhile I just didn’t know where to begin, I’m definitely going to be checking out that YouTube channel! xx

    • January 19, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Kirsty! 💖 I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, definitely check out Yoga With Adriene – she is fab! 💕 xx

  21. January 20, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Yes! Totally agree with all of this! As a total newbie I was quite sceptical at first, but I’m really enjoying yoga now too <3 and Adriene is the best xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.wordpress.com/

    • January 21, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Adriene is brilliant isn’t she! 💖 I always feel good after I’ve done yoga, it’s such an awesome form of exercise ☺️. Thank you for your comment Alys, good to hear we are both enjoying the benefits 😘 xx

  22. January 21, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    I suffer from depression along with anxiety, and so I am always looking for ways of calming my body and my mind down after a very stressful day. Along with helping my health💊. This post has given me the push to add one more way of helping on the list!💗 I can’t wait, to try certain yoga poses. And hopefully, it’ll begin to help. Even if it is only a small notice at first! Great post as usual Sweetie..! xo
    http://www.beautynbrushes.co.uk 💛 🌼

    • January 22, 2018 / 7:36 am

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful encouraging comment Emily 💖. Yoga is such a great way to reduce anxiety and calm the body and mind ☺️. I can really feel it working. I’m so glad this post was helpful and so happy it’s inspired you to try some yoga. That’s amazing! 💕 Let me know how it goes for you 😘 xx

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