Hey there, friends! Today I have a special blog post for you from a guest writer. Before I got married, I was an avid Yoga practitioner, Bikram Yoga to be exact. I loved practicing Bikram Yoga for its many benefits. It was both mentally and physically challenging. It was a stress reliever. It gave you a sense of accomplishment after every class and man… was it a WORK OUT! No matter how many times you’ve practiced, every single class, you struggle, in a good way! It’s an hour and 30 minutes of pure torture, as the instructor would say! Who would subject themselves to doing extremely difficult poses in a steaming hot room… on purpose! ME!? LOL!
But seriously though, If you’ve never tried Bikram Yoga before, you should! The benefits are amazing! My husband has tried a few Yoga classes and after I have baby no. 4, maybe somehow I will convince him to try the hot yoga. Living in Vancouver, most of the year it’s pretty rainy and cold, so being able to lie down in a hot room can be very relaxing! I just imagine I’m on a beach somewhere enjoying the warm weather.
Yoga has great benefits for us moms! It addresses all of our top mommy problems, like stress, weight gain, anxiety, and lack of energy. Read on to learn the 4 great reasons why every mom should practice yoga.
Moms face a lot of challenges on a daily basis, with many finding themselves juggling family life, personal needs, and a career every day. The number of things they need to do, can result in them being prone to stress, which can have an effect on their physical and mental health.
Yoga can help keep them stay grounded. Admittedly, many will find themselves wary about adding yet another item on their already busy schedule. “I already have x items to do! Why should I add one more thing on my to-do list?” However, by taking a deeper look at the benefits of yoga, you can see what parts of your life it can help in the short and long-term.
1. Yoga can bring you peace of mind
Many yoga practitioners have picked up the practice because it helps calm their mind, as it focuses largely on meditation to attain inner peace. This makes it a good option for those looking for an avenue for stress relief. An article on Art of Living shows that yoga is so powerful that it can even help people find relief from anxiety and stress.
Similar to doing other physical activities, yoga can also release dopamine in your body, which can help improve moods.
2. Yoga can improve your overall health
The Fit Indian says that yoga has a positive impact on a person’s overall health, from improving fitness, relieving the body’s aches and pains (caused by aging or otherwise), reducing the frequency of migraines, and improving sleep. It can even help improve bone density, which is great news for women, as menopause can lead to gradual bone loss.
Say Diet stated it can beneficial to those who have cardiovascular problems, including hypertension, because practicing yoga can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. It also helps keep blood and oxygen circulating properly throughout the body.
3. Yoga can increase your energy
Yoga has been proven to help fight fatigue, allowing practitioners to maintain their energy throughout the day. Spending just 10 minutes doing guided meditation can help recharge you so you can deal with what’s ahead for the rest of the day.
4. Yoga can help you attain weight loss and become fitter
Yoga might seem like a gentle endeavor, but holding the poses actually has a huge impact on the body, and in strengthening it. At the same time, it also improves flexibility, allowing you to stay limber. It also has an impact on your endurance. The more intensive forms of yoga, such as Bikram yoga, Ashtanga and Vinyasa have a higher impact on improving strength and endurance.
Unlike other types of exercise that require you to use a variety of equipment, yoga only requires you to have a yoga mat, and sometimes, you don’t even need a mat. As such, incorporating yoga in your lifestyle isn’t that difficult. A bit of advice from UK gaming site Foxy Bingo, (and their Foxy Mascot who often shares fitness tips with players through a regular featured column) is to introduce little changes in your daily routine so that you can exercise as you go about your usual day.
Celebs who practice yoga
These are only some of the benefits that you can get by practicing yoga. If these are not enough to convince you, you only need to take a look at the celebrity practitioners to see just how beneficial yoga can be in both the long term and short term. A good example is Heather Graham, whose fit and youthful appearance belies the fact that she’s already nearing 50. She continues to take on a lot of acting roles, as well as being the face for many high-profile companies including the aforementioned Foxy Bingo. Other celebrities who practice yoga frequently include Charlize Theron, Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt, and Kate Hudson. The youthful appearance of these celebrities is testament of just how beneficial it can be for all involved.
This article was written by Lisa L. Harris, a health, fitness, and lifestyle writer, and mother to two beautiful daughters.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post on the 4 reasons why every mom should practice yoga! If you’ve never tried yoga before, I highly recommend you give it a try! Take care!