Why Yoga Is Important – Unity!

So what is yoga and why yoga is important? Yoga is definitely not a religion, it’s a practical aid that helps to develop and improve your body, mind and soul.

Practice of yoga will strengthen your body and connection to your surroundings. It will help you to calm down, you will feel better than before.

You will simply see the world in completely different colors. Anyone can practice yoga, all you need to do is to start.

If you have many struggles in your life, a lot of stressful situations and anxiety, then yoga can be a way to escape all that and make everything easier.

When Yoga Came To Life

feetYoga is at least 5 thousands years old (but probably way more than that), it developed in India and spread around Asia.

Sadly, yoga came to the western world only about 200 years ago and even then most of the people in west didn’t know anything about it.

Western world lacks understanding about importance of meditation, yoga, reiki, Tai-chi and various other cultures.

That’s one of the reasons why they are so ignorant about the spiritual body. However, in the past 20 years people are starting to wake up and take interests in these kinds of things.

In the current day yoga is popular all around the world, more and more people start to practice yoga and I promise you that once you start you will never want to quit.

How To Start Practicing Yoga

For the very start you need to choose a yoga type that fits your personality and fitness level. Since there are so many yoga types it may be hard to choose, if you are new at this I would recommend Hatha yoga or Vinyasa yoga.

Hatha yoga is slow phase and gentle type of yoga, perfect if you feel like you can’t keep up with intense exercises.

Vinyasa yoga is also good for beginners, but it requires moving constantly in rhythm, you will have to match your moves and breathing.

Those two types are perfect for beginners, but later you can try something else. You should try joining a yoga class. Yoga teachers are really great, they can teach you a lot, or if you don’t like your current yoga type I’m sure they will recommend something that is just right for you.

However, if you can’t join a yoga class you should look for some videos on the internet, there are plenty beginners guides or even online classes. The Hardest thing to do is to start, once you get familiar with yoga and especially if found a great teacher everything will be fine.

Be Prepared For It!

Doing yogaBefore actual practice you need to know a few things, like don’t wear uncomfortable clothes, wear something light and breathing, also don’t wear shoes or socks.

It’s important that you feel comfortable and light all the time. If you’re wearing too many clothes while doing yoga, you might find it harder to be flexible.

Also, once you’re doing it, I’m pretty sure you won’t be cold, so too many clothes will make you sweat a lot!

Don’t eat heavy food before practice and don’t eat any meat that day or for better results don’t eat meat at all. It would be best if you eat something light, like 2-3 hours before practice.

I’m pretty sure you don’t eat a huge meal before you exercise, because it’s really hard to do anything with a full stomach. Yoga is the same. You can’t perform well if you’re full.

Also don’t drink water during the practice, but definitely have some water before and after yoga.

It’s Not That Hard To Start!

Usually practice starts with short meditation (like 10-20 minutes). After that, you will be doing some warm up poses and some stretches. Once you’ve done with that, it’s time for a final relaxation.

See? It’s easy.

Some teachers may start and end a yoga practice with ”OM”. If you struggle to keep up with phase, just rest for a while in Child’s pose.

Before the practice, it might be a good idea to tell your teacher that this is your first time, also don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Keep in mind that the most of the yoga teachers do this stuff not because of money, they teach because they really like yoga and because it’s super good for their karma.

The very next day you might be sore, but don’t be afraid it’s just because you are new and your body isn’t used to this yet. Let your body get used to it and you will be just fine.

Give it some time, you might not feel great after the first or second yoga practice, so challenge yourself for at least 21 days (it’s a magical number). When 21 days pass, I’m sure you will feel like a completely different person.

Yoga Helps To Fight Stress And Anxiety

Yoga helps with stress reliefThere are so many ways to do yoga and there are so many yoga techniques that focus on something specific like lowering stress.

It’s very important to know how to lower your stress and how to relax, because stress can cause many problems in your life.

Yoga might be exactly what you have been looking for if you’re very stressed. Some yoga techniques are based on focusing your mind on breathing.

When your mind is occupied with focusing on your breath, your stress and anxiety won’t be so strong.

Just meditate for a while, try to focus on your breath, only deep and long breaths through your nose. Get in some sort of rhythm and I’m sure your stress, anxiety and various bad thoughts will slowly fade away.

Yoga Improves Your Physical Health

Another awesome thing about yoga is that it’s really good for your physical health. Yoga styles like vinyasa that focus on flow and rhythm are super good for blood circulation.

When you breathe correctly while constantly moving, your blood will circulate way faster. Increased blood flow is great for your body, it will make you feel fit and healthy.

You might be surprised but yoga is great for improving physical strength. Yes you won’t be lifting weights but yoga will make various muscle groups work.

Your body will become very balanced and that is great.

Another great benefit of yoga is increased flexibility. Various yoga stretching forms and positions will increase your balance and motion.

There are some people who look boneless (especially girls), I mean really… they can do amazing things with their bodies and they make it feel like they don’t have any bones at all!

If you play basketball or football, you know the pain of various injuries like a sprained ankle. Yea it really hurts, but if you practice yoga the chance of injuries will be way lower because when you are flexible it’s harder to pull or sprain your muscles.

Well of course, if you don’t bang your head in to the wall or something like that…

Self Development

Why Yoga Is ImportantThe main reason why you are here is self-improvement. Your personal goal of life is not eating Doritos, watching TV or playing video games.

You are here because you need to learn things and improve in many categories to get to the next stage in the universe. Yoga is a really good way to improve yourself.

Yoga helps you improve your body, mind and spiritual body. And you have to improve all of those three if you want to get out of this mess…

Yoga will improve your memory and it will reduce stress and anxiety. Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health.

Yoga will also improve your sleep. You will have an easier time to wake up in the mornings, because you will have better quality sleep.

My favorite thing about yoga is that inner peace feeling, especially after practice, you will feel better connection to your surroundings and simply feel better about yourself.

Find People With Similar Mindsets

In the age of internet and various social websites like Facebook or Twitter you might think that people’s social life should be better, way more simple and healthier than before, but reality is completely different.

We are living in massive depression and social insecurity age and it’s hard to make new friends that you can trust after you finish your studies.

The great thing about yoga is that there are so many people who practice yoga, you can make many new friends and connections.

Yoga is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life and usually people who practice yoga are calm, peaceful and very familiar with the law of karma.

So if you are lonely or simply bored with people who do nothing but drink alcohol every day, smoke, talk about gross stuff and completely ignores facts about world, then you should really look for people with different kind of mindsets.

12 thoughts on “Why Yoga Is Important – Unity!”

  1. Ann says:

    Thanks for the reminder of the benefits that come from a regular yoga practice. I usually do yoga using dvd’s to guide me through a practice, but I’ve been to classes in the past. It’s good to have a teacher instruct you on correct form.
    I agree with your comments about how you feel after a class, like after aerobics but more relaxed.
    Off to bend myself into a pretzel……..

    1. Donny says:

      Ahh dvd’s? That’s really cool! But yeah, teachers are always great, because you might never know if you’re doing the correct form or not.

  2. Sergej says:

    I can admit from my own experience that yoga benefits your sleep.

    I remember before doing yoga I had long nights lying in my bed and trying to focus on sleep. Since I started doing yoga with my sister (she is really into it), all of a sudden I could fall asleep much faster.

    And the feeling after a yoga session is unique. It is like after hitting the gym for 1 hour, but the feeling is more relaxing.

    You told that Hatha and Vinyasa yoga is good to start with. I heard Kundhalini Yoga should be the best practice for spiritual growth. What do you think of it?

    1. Donny says:

      While kundalini energy is great for spiritual growth, it can be dangerous for the average person, because you must be prepared for it. Most people want quick results with kundalini, but quick is not good in this case. It can be quite harmful.

  3. Marques Pizarro says:

    It was interesting learning how yoga came to be. It is unfortunate that most of the western world hasn’t seen the benefits of yoga and meditation. I found the history of yoga interesting.

    I’ve started doing yoga stretches in the morning, and I can already see the benefits. I’m more prone to injuries, I have better posture, and I feel more alert in the morning! Overall, it has allowed me to be more peaceful mentally. This post has motivated me to keep doing yoga. Thanks for sharing this post.

    1. Donny says:

      It’s great that you’re already doing a bit of yoga! All those benefits definitely show if you consistently do it. Yoga and meditation are the greatest habits to develop a peaceful mentality. Hopefully you keep doing it forever!

  4. Indasa says:

    I enjoy doing Yoga and feel so much better after. But, I can never get further than a 20-minute practice session for being interrupted by my little ones. On good days, I can get them to join in, but not always. What would you suggest for busy single parents with small kids? Just stick with the 20 minutes and wait until they get older?

    1. Donny says:

      I would suggest waking up earlier (unless you already wake up early). You can do yoga while everyone is sleeping. If there’s absolutely no way you could find more time for yoga, stick with the 20 minutes per session. 20 minutes is very good to experience all of the benefits!

  5. Dr. Misty Baker says:

    Thank you for your article!

    I have always wanted to be avid in yoga. But… I have had my reservations! With limited free time, I ALWAYS feel like cardio takes more presence than yoga. I don’t know why I have always felt this way… but I just feel if I am setting time aside for my body then I need to be burning maximum calories.

    I do see the benefits of yoga though… especially for your mind!

    Maybe I will give it another go after reading this!

    Thanks again!

    1. Donny says:

      Yoga always seems like something difficult for new people. While there are many difficult poses and sessions, you can easily find beginner guides on YouTube. It’s very easy to start. As you improve, the harder poses will become easier to do as well!

  6. gord says:

    It’s so hard to know how to get started on this and still be comfortable. Thanks for the gentle encouragement! Would you say its better to have a teacher to correct mistakes? Or is this something where you can go by a video and there are no mistakes? Thanks in advance for the response

    1. Donny says:

      Of course it’s always better to have a teacher. A professional will always see your mistakes and will help you fix everything. But if that’s not an option, then videos are also great. It’s really important to try and notice all your mistakes so you would have proper form. It’s really hard to get everything right at the beginning, but the more you practice, the easier it becomes to get it right.

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