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Why You Should Do Yoga: 2 Powerful Reasons

Yoga teaches you how to connect with your bodies and minds.

A yoga practice not only changes your physical posture, it changes your entire body in a way that your mind can’t easily discern. The end result is a state of calm, and inner peace. Your body has always been important, but it can take on a greater role in your life by reconnecting with itself and its full powers. The connection and balance you get through meditation are something you can feel with your thoughts.

What’s your reason for yoga?

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The second reason to study yoga is the way it can improve your mindset.

Here’s the thing about stress…

Most of us feel it at some point in our lives, and most of us have been stressed out in some way. It can be physical stress, like an angry boss or the looming threat of another illness, or emotional stress, like the frustration of knowing where you stand in relationship to your friends, family, coworkers, and classmates. If someone cuts you off in traffic, your mind might be triggered by that threat for the rest of the day — even though it’s mostly over.

Stress is a kind of mental fog: A kind of mental fog that will make you feel hopeless and miserable by shutting down your ability to think.

Stress is a kind of pressure valve. It shuts down our conscious mind, reducing its capacity to do the important work of planning our lives for the future. Even when it’s safe to do so, we don’t bother and we’re not efficient.

What’s the solution to this? In order for us to deal with real and meaningful stress, we must break it down to its simplest form. The simplest, most direct way to do this is to shut down the flow of physical and emotional energy. We can do this by meditating and taking a few minutes each day to do just that. If our minds aren’t working, we can try out new ways of working with our minds. Whatever the result is, there’s no need to dwell over it anymore. It wasn’t a big deal. When a problem arises, it’s time to stop and catch our breath and clear our minds.

Yoga helps you do just that. Yoga is the most powerful tool you have to control your stress.

With the right mindset, any thought will become part of a yoga practice. As your practice progresses, however, you can start to separate these thoughts from the exercise they’re supposed to be in. In doing so, you train yourself to keep your focus from being diverted, allowing you to be fully present with whatever your mind brings in. As mentioned before, the idea is for you to get to the same state of inner calm you experience in meditation.

Yoga teaches you how to control your mind’s actions

Yoga is all about focusing on what you’re doing. When you practice yoga, you will find yourself doing the most challenging things in your daily life. You will find yourself doing more. If you don’t learn how to do these tasks with ease and efficiency, your body, mind, and soul will get hurt. To succeed in yoga, you will need to train yourself to keep your attention firmly focused. What’s a good way to get started?

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You’re sitting in your workout class, working on some strength exercises for the next month, preparing to start a new job, planning for a trip, or trying to get a promotion.