September is National Yoga Awareness Month! Who knew?! This blog is quite comical for me to write because I am THE. WORST. at committing to stretching, flexibility and scheduling a yoga class. So as a personal challenge for myself, as a result of this class, I have booked a yoga session for September!
Check out your local yoga studios and I challenge you to schedule a class this month! Yoga is an ancient practice meant to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Sounds like we could all use a little of that…
There are so many benefits to yoga and I am going to touch on the three main reasons that I, Katie Newton, need this in my life.
Frankly, I enjoy running, interval training, endurance cardio, and lifting weights. However, I always have to drag myself in to a yoga studio because I admittedly, DO NOT stretch like I am supposed to because I do not take the time and it hurts. Every time (every time I tell you!) I attend a yoga class, I always feel better after. My flexibility significantly has declined from my gymnastic days. The wonderful part of yoga is that the practice is your own so if you are on your feet all day, or sit behind an office desk, you can IMPROVE your flexibility with yoga. Yoga asks you to be present in the moment and show up, both mentally and physically.
Reduced stress and better sleep
Juggling (several) major responsibilities increases my stress. Sleep is so important to my health and your health. High levels of stress can affect that sleep. Can I get an “Amen”? We are always looking to manage this stress and yoga is a great way to release tension and give your body the downtime it so desperately needs. Yoga encourages you to relax and allows you to focus on being in the moment and breathing. It reduces stress levels and relieves our nerves, allowing for better sleep. Studies have shown yoga helps with insomnia.
It can be exhausting living in your head. At times, I feel like I have a million things going on in my mind at once. A lot of us need the time to set aside and do yoga so that we have to be quiet and shut our minds down. You have no control of your to-do list and responsibilities during your practice. Leave yoga with a clear mind, a focused mind. Yoga demands your full attention. The meditation aspect of yoga allows you to let go of all thoughts and focus on breathing. Taking the time to recharge will make you more productive!
How has yoga impacted your life?