“Is Yoga right for me?”, “Is Yoga beneficial for me?” -and the answer is YES, it is for you, and yes, Yoga is beneficial for everyone.
I have been practicing yoga on and off for the past 5 years now, and honestly I wasn’t that committed until two months ago, when quarantine started.
During this quarantine I have been practicing everyday, and been enjoying it. I had forgotten that feeling of relief and peace it brings into my life.
Yoga can be a powerful tool for easing emotions like, overwhelm, anxiety and stress, but it can also be challenging, I won’t lie, although this doesn’t mean you cannot do it nor that it is not for you.
If you are just starting or haven’t started yet, but would love to, I recommend to start with a 30 day yoga challenge, which is the one I did on my first month of quarantine at home.
You can find this challenge at Shape called, “Take Our 30-Day Yoga Challenge To Get Your Om On”. It was created for the every yogi and the novice yogi, so don’t be afraid if you have never taken a yoga class before. This challenge will give you a taste of what this practice is all about, and the benefits it can bring to your body.
Each week, you will master six poses, then put them all together for a Friday flow at the end of the week. You’ll start with the basics, then move through core-strengthening poses, flexibility-enhancing shapes, and strength-building moves.
By the end of the month you will be able to do a killer Vinyasa Flow which will help you tone all your body.
Benefits of Yoga
How is yoga beneficial for everyone? Incorporating yoga to your life can enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility all while reducing stress, depression and anxiety.
By practicing yoga at least one hour a week will calm your nervous system and bring you peace within.
Other benefits of Yoga Inversions
Inversions are asanas/ poses in yoga that take you upside down and challenge your body. I personally love inversions because I like the rewarding feeling of how far my body can go once I push it. It brings other benefits too such as;
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improve your respiration
- Energizes your body
- Improves circulation
- Relieves any pain whether in your shoulders, upper and lower back
I suggest starting your asanas or headstands against a wall and try to hold it for 10 seconds and then 15 seconds, increasing the duration of the hold every time you practice. Try this until you feel confident enough to do it off the wall by your own.
Remember, inversions should be fun and you shouldn’t feel any pain anywhere especially on your neck while doing them, and if you do please stop, rest and if you feel like it, start all over again.
How many days a week should you do Yoga?
I would recommend two or three times a week for an hour.
The purpose of yoga is connect the body, mind and environment together. Even if you practice once a week for 30mins, you will still experience great yoga benefits. It’s not about the quantity but the quality, and always listen to your body.
Let’s take this time still in quarantine to focus on ourselves and get our bodies back to it’s optimal health- MIND, BODY, SOUL.
“Create Good Karma”