The Importance of a Daily Yoga PracticeJun 20, 2022
I know you’re probably wondering why practicing yoga on a daily basis is important and what is the science behind that
In case you're new to me or are just wondering who the heck I am, let me (re)introduce myself and where I'm coming from.
I'm Jen James of Celestial Yoga, LLC, and a certified yoga and meditation teacher for over 18 years now and am a health and wellness coach too.
My specialty is to help empathetic women manage chronic pain and stress through a holistic approach with gentle yoga exercises, mindfulness and self-care techniques.
I chose today's topic because I know you’re probably wondering why practicing yoga on a daily basis is important and what is the science behind that?
Today, I’m going to give you a few resources to back this up so you understand why practicing yoga often is important to your health.
At the end of this blog I’m also going to give you some practical advice on how to fit yoga into your busy day.
First, I want to share with you a testimonial from Camille B, one of my students that I taught in person for many years.
“Thank you for bringing yoga into my life. It really helps me be aware of my body and mind, stay calm, and improve my mood. I'm lucky to have known you and had you as my yoga teacher.
Kind regards,” Camille B.
🙏 Honestly, not to toot my own horn, I wished there was someone like me guiding me a few years back.
I used to be so confused about why fitting yoga in on a daily basis is important to me and how to squeeze into my busy day.
When I first learned about yoga, over 20 years ago, I just thought it was about doing crazy yoga postures, being skinny and super flexible.
I definitely stood out of class when I was practicing.
I wasn’t very flexible.
I wasn’t skinny.
And I was terrified of looking like an ass in front of everyone in the class.
I had no idea of why I was even “doing” yoga never mind how to figure out a home practice.
I’m going to hi-lite below some research I did on this subject so you are armed with knowledge.
As per an article from John Hopkins Medicine in “9 Benefits of Yoga”, the article says that “Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. And, if you’re going through an illness, recovering from surgery or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of your treatment and potentially hasten healing.“
Here’s few of the many benefits John Hopkins Medicine lists:
(1) Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.
(2) Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms.
(3) Yoga helps with back pain relief.
(4) Yoga helps you manage stress and
(5) Yoga promotes better self-care.
Another excellent resource is Mind Body Green an online magazine that is medically reviewed
In “10 Amazing Things That Happen When You Do Yoga Every Day” By Samantha Lefave a few of the benefits to daily yoga is:
(1) You have better flexibility and mobility.
(2) You could boost your mental health.
(3) You could lower your risk of heart disease and
(4) You could stress less and sleep better.
I’m sure there’s a ton more proof I can lay out for you here but you get the gist.
Yoga is freekin’ important!
And doing yoga on a daily basis is key!
Ok, so now you’re probably wondering, great Jen but how the heck can I squeeze yoga into my daily life when I can barely find the time to brush my teeth!
I hear you and I get it.
(1) Remember, first and foremost that yoga is more than just postures. It’s important to include affirmations, meditations, breathing exercises and self-care into your practice.
(2) Try to practice yoga at the same time every day.
(3) Start off small and aim for 5 minutes a day at first and then each week add a little more time.
(4) If you skip a day it’s ok! Don’t feel guilty and just start your practice again the next day or so.
(5) Some days you can only do a few minutes of a practice and that’s ok.
IF YOU ARE INTRIGUED BY WHAT I’M SAYING HERE BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO START
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THEN I GOT YOU COVERED!
I hear all the time how intimidating holistic living can seem to be and how hard it is too squeeze into your busy life.
I have a weekly blog and private group where I cover holistic living and almost every week go live covering yoga, mediation, breathing exercises, and/or self-care.
This blog and community are filled with simple and approachable tips, techniques and practical holistic living advice.
Share your experience with me in the comments below, or send me a private message and let me know how you feel after you try out the tips and techniques I share weekly here. ❤️
Have a beautiful day and Namaste,
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