While pounding on a treadmill, lifting free weights and swimming a few laps are all well and good, yoga exercises the mind and body in a completely unique way. In fact, yoga changes both your body and brain starting the day you begin.
To celebrate its many positives — both big and small — we thought we’d highlight just a few of our favorite reasons to practice yoga:
1. To live in the present. Most of us spend the majority of our time with our phones in our hands, pockets or purses. We rush to and from the office, checking emails and texting as we go. Research shows that we spend almost half of our time thinking about things aside from what we’re actually doing — even though there is happiness to be found when we live in the moment. Yoga offers the opportunity to completely unplug and focus on exactly what’s right in front of you.
2. To sweat. You don’t have to practice Bikram in a 100-degree room to break a sweat. Depending on the type you’re doing, just one hour of yoga can burn nearly 500 calories.
3. For gratitude. Many yogis begin and end their practices by dedicating their time on the mat to someone or something important to them. Can’t we all agree that the world could use a little more gratitude? Continue reading >>