One of my new year’s resolutions was to add yoga to my daily routine. The decision for this was made to help me gain control over my thoughts. I could never have imagined how quickly I would see results. In addition, I was surprised by all of the extra benefits I hadn’t considered. I’m thankful I added yoga to my daily routine. The rewards have been amazing!
Benefits I Have Experienced
I am calmer and more relaxed.
One of the first things that I noticed after adding yoga to my daily routine was how much calmer and relaxed I felt. At first, I experienced the feeling immediately following a yoga session. However, it didn’t take long for the feeling to become a constant. I began to notice that I wasn’t becoming irritated at things that would have bothered me in the past. Overall, I was much more patient and understanding. Recently, I went to my yearly doctor’s appointment and my doctor commented on how low my blood pressure was and attributed it to practicing yoga.
My body is more defined and healthier.
Before I added yoga to my daily routine, I felt comfortable in my body but I was lacking the strength and toned muscles that I once had. At 34-years-old and the mom of three young children, I think I developed the mindset that what I had was as good as it was going to get. Within a few months of practicing yoga, I was pleasantly surprised to see my arms, legs, and abs becoming more defined again. In addition, I lost a few pounds, increased my flexibility, and I gained some confidence that I didn’t even know I was missing.
I choose to be happy.
Before yoga, my thoughts could control me and dictate my moods. Now, I have more control over my thoughts. I don’t deny myself sad or angry feelings but I don’t dwell in negative thoughts. I am now able to redirect my thoughts and keep my mood positive. As a result, I have also noticed a major improvement in my quality of sleep.
Adding yoga to my daily routine was a game-changer for me. It will be something that I will keep in my life indefinitely.
Do you practice yoga? What are your favorite benefits?
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