Five ways yoga has changed my life

Hey guys,

So, if you follow my blog you may have read my post a few weeks back about yoga ‘as a non-yogi’ and what you can expect – which is the unexpected! Taking up yoga on a regular basis has challenged me in ways I didn’t expect, both physically and mentally, but I can safely say I am now 100% addicted! I have now progressed to an intermediate class and I love everything that yoga has brought to my life. In this post I’ll take you through some of the ways yoga has changed my life for the better and the benefits of taking it up yourself.

Improved flexibility

This is something that takes a bit of time and won’t come overnight after your first yoga class. However, yoga is an amazing way of stretttttchinf out every muscle and ligament in your entire body! And it feels amazing afterwards! Sometimes I don’t think we realise how our lives and daily stresses and strains can cause our bodies to get all crumpled up and a good stretch can do the world of good.

Increased core strength

Yoga is all about the core and some of the poses literally pummel your abs without you even realising. I’ve definitely noticed that my core strength has improved which has in turn made my balance a lot better. 

Better posture

This is a biggie. Do you ever catch yourself hunched over your computer at work? Same! It’s one of my worst habits. Since I’ve been doing yoga regularly I have noticed I’ve been sitting up straighter and taller as well as standing straighter, without even really noticing or making a conscious effort to alter anything. Yoga works on all the ‘little muscles’ in your back which don’t usually get much attention in the gym, but quite literally hold you up! It’s worked wonders for my hunched shoulders.

Better sleep quality

I have written before about things like getting up earlier and using ASMR and music to help my insomnia but yoga and, specifically, the meditation session at the end of yoga class has had a noticeable impact on my sleep. Not only do I fall asleep quicker but my sleep quality is a lot better, for example I sleep longer and find my sleeps more settled with less waking up in the night.

Calmer mind

My day to day life and job can be pretty stressful at times and sometimes just using some breathing techniques or simple stretching from yoga helps me to clear my  mind and feel calmer almost straight away. Our lives can be stressful and it’s important to take some time out of the day to just breathe. I can go to a yoga class with my head full of the day I’ve had and leave feeling peaceful and like my mind is almost empty; totally clear of whatever has happened. There is literally nothing a yoga class can’t fix!

 

I would seriously recommend practising yoga and meditation to anybody, no matter whether you are a beginner or more experienced, trust me, you’ll see the benefits in no time!

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15 Comments

  1. Chelsea July 12, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I’ve been really trying to improve my flexibility and I never thought of yoga! I may have to try it out x

  2. Emilia July 12, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I really liked this post. I used to do yoga but fully fell out of the habit during my A Levels about a month ago. Reading this made me realise how much I miss it, I really should start again! xx

    • Jessica Emily July 13, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks lovely it means a lot! X

  3. Bethany Jones July 12, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I’ve been wanting to pick up yoga for a while as I’ve heard about the benefits it can have on both physical and mental wellbeing. Particularly interested in the whole improved sleep point you make – I could really do with that.

    • Jessica Emily July 13, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      It really has helped my sleep a lot! You should give it a go 🙂 xx

  4. Kayleigh Zara July 12, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I’ve always heard such good things about yoga! I don’t personally do it but I’d love to improve my flexibility a little so it might be prefect for me x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌻🍂www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • Jessica Emily July 13, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Thanks so much for reading lovely xx

  5. Cydney Helsdown July 12, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I always notice when I do yoga regularly at home I’m much more aware of my posture. I think I’d benefit from going to a class so I can be consistent with it. I also recommend yoga to everyone, such a great way to clear the mind and become more in tune with your body

    • Jessica Emily July 13, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      I always leave feeling totally de-stressed, it’s amazing! X

  6. Chrissy July 12, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    This is a very inspiring and reminds how I need to get moving more. I have done yoga and Pilates in the pasted and loved it. Need to get motivated again.

    • Jessica Emily July 13, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      I’m so glad! Thanks for reading lovely 🙂 x

  7. Rosa July 13, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I’ve done a bit of yoga before but I really want to get into it and make a lifestyle of it. This is a great post.

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    • Jessica Emily July 13, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks lovely! X

  8. Rosa July 13, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I’ve done a bit of yoga before but I really want to get into it and make a lifestyle of it. This is a great post.

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  9. Alice July 16, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Better posture? I should definitely give yoga a try, I’m tall so my posture is terrible!

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