Want to know why I started yoga?
I just wanted to have a gentle routine to do after my workout and maybe lose some weight.
Okay, definitely lose some weight.
I’m not saying that’s a bad reason for starting yoga!
But the benefits that yoga gave me after just a short time of practicing blew my mind away.
They helped me on so many levels, besides just helping me feel better about my physical body.
Today I’m sharing with you 7 irresistible reasons to do yoga.
And you better listen up cause I want you to sparkle and glow and be the best damn self that you can be.
1 | You get to say a sweet Sayonara to your back pain
I bet you’ve seen at least one article about this. How we do nothing but sit all day long and make our butts all sad and weak and terrible.
Besides the sad butts, sitting also leads to a lot of back troubles.
That frustrating, excruciating, keeping-you-up-at-night kind of pain. You know what I’m talking about.
The kind of pain that feels like a murderer has broken into your house and is stabbing you in the back repeatedly!
Yoga is a simple solution to alleviating that pain.
Your spine would rather get some action instead of always either holding you up or laying you down as you sleep!
As you get moving with the yoga magic, you decompress your spine and allow the muscles in your back to lengthen and relax. You also strengthen your core muscles.
All this combined brings you sweet, sweet relief from the back pain and sleepless nights.
2 | Yoga makes you walk like an Egyptian queen
Almost every single yoga pose strengthens your core in some way. No, we’re not talking about getting you washboard abs here. You need a healthy diet for that, so better get on the veggie train.
Your core consists of not only your abdominal muscles but the muscles in your lower back as well.
A strong, powerful core provides you with less back pain and a better posture. Goddess posture.
Good posture makes you radiate confidence, strength, and ‘don’t fuck with me’ kind of vibes. And we all know that as a woman in today’s society, you can never give too many of those vibes.
So get on the mat and start working on your posture, hot stuff.
Look at you, oozing that confidence and goddess vibes.
3 | Yoga gives good lovin’ to your lungs
What I mean is, yoga will help you breathe.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure you’re an excellent breather already.
But with yoga, every breath you take becomes much deeper and focused, slowing down your heart rate and calming down your anxious butt.
Let’s face it, we’re all sexy little balls of stress. We overthink, and worry, and create these weird little scenarios in our heads that will likely never happen. But what if, though?
Those what ifs strangely quiet down in my head when I practice yoga consistently. And I mean daily.
The awareness of your breath follows you from the yoga mat to the life outside.
It’ll ease your stress and anxiety and also allows you to fall asleep a bit easier.
(Except when it’s the full Moon cause that bitch will keep you up no matter what.)
4 | Yoga helps you to really know your body
So you’re getting your yoga on, and you’re noticing all these weird muscles and stuff that you’ve never paid attention to before.
And then there are all those weird pops and cracks that your body makes that make you wonder whether there’s a 90-year-old woman stuck inside you somewhere.
Yoga is about constant discovery and growth — and it’s a daily surprise to see how your body’s feeling on any particular day.
The poses feel different from day to day and so does your body. Your strength, balance, and flexibility vary from day to day and can even be dependent on your mood.
It might be kind of hard to accept it at first.
This is something that’s never going to change no matter how ‘advanced’ your practice gets.
And it’s the acceptance of this fact that will also help you deal with the inconsistencies, surprises, and struggles of your everyday life.
5 | Yoga brings peace to your body and mind
It’s not just your physical body that gets stronger, more flexible, and more balanced with yoga.
Your mind is going through similar changes as well.
You’ll notice how you don’t lose your temper quite as quickly as before.
You’re not as easily upset anymore. You don’t feel the need to fight, or yell, or cry.
The natural solution now is to take a deep breath. And another. And then another.
Then there are the times when you realize that no matter what you do, you just can’t change some things, or situations, or people.
You learn the power of being quiet and listening. Letting go.
Dealing with the negative moments, or feelings of frustration, anger, or maybe jealousy — all that becomes just another part of your life.
It doesn’t take nearly as much energy out of you as it did before. It doesn’t drain you.
You let that shit go.
Accepting yourself just as you are — with all your flaws and shortcomings, the bad days, the mistakes you make — becomes so much easier.
There is peace within you.
6 | Yoga lets you make yourself a priority
I have an unwavering belief in being selfish.
You have the right to be selfish in your life that you are living for yourself.
Making choices that you feel are right for you and your path is something you should never regret or shy away from.
Choosing what to study and where. Quitting your studies or your job if it feels right. Selling everything you own and moving across the planet.
Figuring out who to love, what to wear, what to think — breaking up friendships and relationships when they don’t serve you anymore.
Deciding whether you want to be a mother, to be married, to adopt 10 baby cows — these choices are not for anybody else but you.
People are quick to offer their input and their ‘help’ about your personal, private life decisions. And it’s none of their fucking business.
It’s up to you to take responsibility for your life and happiness.
Don’t live in the shadows of what ifs.
This long ass rant is leading us to my next point, which is, yoga is your time.
It’s your you-time. It’s personal and private — on your terms, on your time.
No matter how busy you are with your work, or studies, or kids and family — you deserve a little bit of time out of each day just for you.
To get on the mat and forget that your husband even exists.
That you were supposed to write 2,000 words for your research thesis today and failed.
That you probably shouldn’t have eaten those six donuts for dinner.
All the worries and fears and problems disappear.
What remains is you with your breath and the movement.
It’s okay to be selfish and want to have something that’s just for you.
You deserve to grow and learn and challenge yourself.
You deserve to be selfish. If only just for an hour.
7 | Yoga helps anchor you down
There is this ethereal, all-encompassing peace of mind that comes when you know that no matter what, you’ll always have yoga as your anchor, your safe place, your sanctuary.
A peaceful escape.
Know that feeling? You will.
As your practice becomes an ingrained part of your daily routine, it’s like a guiding light shining deep within you that reminds you that everything is going to be okay.
Just as soon as you get on your mat, close your eyes, and breathe.
Everything will be okay.
What’s your irresistible reason to do yoga?
I’d love for you to share YOUR favorite reasons to do yoga — down in the comments!
Get your butt on the yoga mat and start yoga today by reading how to start yoga at home.
Do it. You deserve it. It’s been a long day.
I’ll wait right here so you can tell me all about it.
Hi, I’m Vivi! I’m a transformation mentor, writer, and yoga enthusiast. My life’s purpose is empowering spiritually curious women to be and do whatever the hell they want to. I’m here to share my journey and truth with you — unapologetically, with a touch of sarcasm and a lot of heart. I want to help you grow and follow your soul’s desire, not anybody else’s rules. I write weekly about personal growth and yoga on this blog. You can join the List to receive a weekly letter of inspiration and guidance!