Have you ever taken a week or two (…or month or four) off yoga, and noticed how you feel about a hundred years old when you finally get your butt back on the mat?
Yeah, you’re not alone.
Incorporating even a little bit of yoga into your already busy and occasionally miserable life is great.
A consistent, daily yoga practice, however, is what your body craves.
Today’s post is a little motivation boost for you if you’ve been away from your mat for a while.
Sometimes we need a little reminder of all the healthy, yogalicious benefits that yoga offers — physical and mental.
Here are 5 damn good reasons why you should never skip yoga!
1 | You don’t need the dirty thoughts about sugar.
Nobody does, really.
When you start neglecting your glorious body and not giving it the yoga attention it so longs for… You kind of lose any interest in taking care of it.
It’s already hard enough to keep up healthy eating habits with all the delicious distractions everybody shoves at you everywhere you go.
It becomes ten times more difficult when you’re not being active in a way that you love.
That’s what got you on the mat in the first place, isn’t it?
You found yoga and fell deeply in love because it made your body feel so good. For the first time in years, maybe.
When the desire for taking care of your body and eating healthy disappears, it’s difficult as hell to get back on track again when you’ve been living on ice cream and cheese for two weeks.
(That’s a sad and true personal anecdote from a few months back. I hope it helps you feel better about yourself.)
2 | You should be nice to your back.
You can always tell you’ve missed one too many days of yoga when your back starts bringing you pain again.
You don’t need that shit in your life!
We sit most of our days and back pain is one of the most common issues that people have to deal with.
For a lot of people, it’s the one thing that finally makes them turn to yoga.
So jump back on your mat and get your yoga on again! Let the continuous movement release and strengthen your muscles.
You can feel the relief almost immediately.
Be nice to your back, okay?
3 | You deserve peaceful sleep.
Insomnia is something that takes a quick turn to the worst when you skip on yoga.
All of a sudden you’re back on that vicious cycle, tossing and turning all night long, baby.
Yoga keeps your heart a little calmer, your breath a little deeper.
The brain will finally shut up with all the worrying and overthinking and thoughts of the past.
It becomes easier to drift off and get your well-deserved rest.
Yoga is not the magical cure for anxiety, depression, or insomnia (or anything else, for that matter), but it is an immensely valuable way to cope with all the shitty things in life.
When you skip your yoga, it becomes that much more difficult trying to handle the memories of the things you did 6 years ago that sneak up on you out of nowhere at 3.21 in the morning.
And all the anxiety and stress and not sleeping will naturally lead to you constantly being tired.
And I mean tired. Like fucking exhausted.
4 | Nobody likes the cranky pants.
When you mix the anxiety, stress, and exhaustion into a nice little bundle and try to live your life, the other people around you will suffer.
It’s a fact.
Being irritable and miserable — a cranky ass bitch, in other words, is a definite by-product of skipping yoga.
So just don’t do it. Think of the people you love. Think of the children.
When you take care of your body, eat well, and get uninterrupted beauty sleep, you can usually cope with the occasional negative thoughts and feelings. You are an adult after all.
5 | You don’t need the sadness.
Even worse than being a cranky ass bitch (hollaaa!) is when you’re feeling hopeless, numb, and consumed by an overwhelming sadness.
It is so easy to fall back into the deep dark depths of depression, and let negative and sometimes destructive thoughts take over you.
Yoga is something for me to cling to even on my saddest days and it is one of the most useful coping mechanisms against depression that I have found so far.
It keeps you active, it challenges you, and it makes you feel productive.
It allows you to see the progress that you make along the way.
You deserve to have something empowering and rewarding in your life.
I hope this has reminded you why yoga is good for you.
Take a deep breath and try to remember that feeling of pure bliss, exhilaration, and accomplishment that you always get, without fail, when you finally rest in Savasana.
You can practice for 10 minutes, or an hour, or two – just get off the couch, put down the spoon (I’m talking to myself here. Still clinging to the ice cream.) and step on the mat.
Now that you’ve been reminded why yoga is good for you, check out this post for some gentle beginner-friendly videos and get your yoga on!
What’s the thing that gets you motivated to get back on your mat again?
Let me know down in the comments!
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!