Take Control of Your Health in 2019 With Yoga

Is 2019 your year to get fit, healthy, and happy? While many of us choose New Year’s Resolutions that entail fitting into those high school jeans again or being able to run a marathon, we all have to start somewhere.

Wherever you are coming from physically, there’s one thing that has been proven time and time again to be effective for people hoping to improve their physical and mental health: yoga.

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Facts about yoga

You may be hesitant to try yoga because you’ve heard it’s slow, or you because you want a really good cardio workout instead of “just lying on a mat.” But there are a few things you should know about yoga before you shrug it off.

  • It’s not just yogis who practice yoga. In fact, recent surveys indicate that over 36 million Americans practice yoga in some form.
  • Men and women can both benefit from yoga. While 72 percent of yoga practitioners are women, yoga is also beneficial for men who want to improve their heart health, lose weight, increase flexibility, and reduce stress.
  • You can choose the yoga style that’s right for you. There are at least a dozen varieties of yoga — Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Kundalini, and more. There are different benefits within each type and you can choose whichever one you want based on your goals.
  • Depending on the type of yoga, you can burn up to 600 calories an hour. That’s more than an hour of jogging.
  • The risk of cardiovascular disease may be decreased in people who practice yoga regularly. Better heart health translates to better circulation, muscle building, overall weight loss, and longer life.
  • Yoga can boost immunity. Less sick time means more time meeting your 2019 goals.
  • Yoga may decrease symptoms of depression and boost dopamine. That helps improves mood and keeps you coming back to your mat for more.
  • Practicing yoga can help you get more sleep. Sleep is one of the most important parts of a healthy body, as it’s the time your body repairs itself and resets for the next day.
  • A good yoga practice can balance your hormones. The endocrine system, which manages hormones testosterone, estrogen, insulin, and cortisol, is positively impacted by yoga. This means people who have hormone imbalances, diabetes, or high levels of stress can actually lose weight, improve health, and clear their minds with yoga.

Are you sold on the benefits of yoga yet? Before you buy leggings and a brand-new yoga mat, there’s one more thing to note: Everyone who practices yoga is a beginner. Many famous yogis talk about the “beginner’s mindset” and how important it is to approach yoga from that view. Make sure you adopt this approach when you dive into your new yoga practice in 2019.

Why the beginner’s mindset is so important in yoga

With a beginner’s mindset, any form of yoga can be beneficial. That’s because, as a beginner, you’re more attentive to the pose, to your breathing, to how your body feels as you stretch and contract. Without that focus, it is possible to injure yourself or slow the benefits that come with a regular yoga practice.

To help you reach your New Year’s Resolutions, we’re sharing a quick, 10-minute yoga for beginners video.

Even if you call yourself an experienced yogi or if you’ve been practicing yoga for quite some time, this beginner’s video is a great place to reacquaint yourself with basic postures. It’s also a good time to drop in and tune into what your body needs.

And if you’re totally new to yoga, this video is going to lay the groundwork you need to understand yoga and a few of the basic postures. You can watch this video regularly to help you nail new poses, build strength, or to just de-stress after a long day. Namaste!