Anyone who is busy struggling with health issues (mental or physical), tough times, sad days — or those days when you just want to scream and punch a wall — needs a solid self-care routine in place. Like yoga!
Yoga is the ultimate self-care ritual, because you can mold it and use it to your own personal needs.
Need to relax your mind and unwind your body? Yoga can take care of that. Want to relieve all the stress, and sweat and swear away your shitty day? Yep, you got it, yoga has your back.
Here are the 5 most important reasons why yoga is the best, most fulfilling form of self-care — for everyone!
What is self-care?
It’s very trendy to love yourself. No complaints here!
Simply put, self-care, or self-romancing, which I personally prefer, is a simple habit or a ritual that you savor and cherish. It brings you joy, it makes you feel good and calm, it helps you get through the day.
You don’t need to have a lengthy, 12-step self-care routine or dedicate a full day to it. And you definitely don’t need to spend a bunch of cash on expensive treat yo’self lattes or fancy yoga pants or high-end lipstick.
Sure, it’s nice to spoil ourselves every once in a way in a material way! I love to splurge on skincare and lipstick as much as the next girl.
But when you don’t have the cash, or the time, or can’t find the energy and effort to do much of anything… There’s one very simple, loving, and caring ritual that you can do. And it won’t cost you anything except time, patience, and kindness towards yourself.
5 simple reasons why yoga is the best form of self-care
1 | It’s free
Sometimes you have to treat yourself without treating yourself to the anxiety that a sad and deflated bank account will give you.
The beauty of yoga is that don’t have to pay for a class at a studio or a program online unless you really, really want to. There’s no shame building your practice with the free resources you can find on YouTube. There are dozens of qualified, incredible teachers who offer different styles and one of them is bound to steal your heart.
And whip your asanas into shape.
2 | Yoga = your own private party time
People have strong opinions about this one, but sometimes you just need to shake your butt while you’re getting your yoga on. That’s a form of meditation, too! Yoga is what you make of it.
I like to put on my favorite tunes and fully let myself go — to the music, to yoga, to extra-sexy XXL t-shirts from the 90s and yoga pants full of holes. It’s my party and I’ll look like a hobo if I want to.
You can easily switch things up and practice to classical music or Sanskrit chanting if that fits your mood.
3 | Yoga can be a self-care time saver
When it come to choosing between going to the gym or getting your yoga on, always choose yoga.
During the sacred practice time, you work on your mind as well as your body.
You get the benefits of calming down your constantly buzzing, over-thinking brain and getting to the meditative state of breath and movement. The deep breathing and stretching help you relax and let go of the stress, and the movement in your physical asana practice lets you sweat and work your body.
4 | You get to pamper all your senses
I love candles and delicious, smelly things. There’s nothing better than lighting up some candles or fairy lights and relaxing with some essential oils.
You can enjoy music, if that’s your thing.
And you can put on your comfiest, coziest clothes or practice amongst all the pillows and blankets you can find.
As for the taste part… well, they have beer yoga, so why not make your yoga session a yoga and chocolate one? One piece after every vinysa?
Or you could just enjoy a nice cup of tea after your practice and snuggle up under a blanket.
5 | The progress and growth is incredible
Seeing how far you’ve gotten and how much your practice (or patience) has grown is incomparable to anything I’ve experienced.
It will keep you inspired and encouraged to keep returning to the mat. You’ll revel in the feeling of strength and all the possibilities waiting for you on this journey. You will learn to love your body and what it’s capable of. You’ll be looking forward to learning more and experiencing new sensations.
All in all, yoga will:
- help you see and feel positive changes in your body and mind
- inspire and motivate you to adopt more healthy habits into your lifestyle
- even allow you to channel your fun and creative side as you build your sacred practice space to be what you need it to be.
Yoga as self-care for depression
As someone who has been battling against the invisible little monsters called depression and anxiety and panic attacks on and off for ten years — I know that on some days getting out of bed simply is not an option.
These little acts of normalcy and, you know, adulting, become completely overwhelming and terrifying and just the thought of having to do the things will make you burst into tears and wish the sky would fall down on you, or that the buildings around would crumble and bury you in their ruins.
It’s fun! Being an adult is fun! It’s so fun to be in your twenties and have everything together and just have fun fun fun all the time!
But even when you’re facing all that darkness and numbness… some days aren’t that bad. Some days are almost kind of okay. You might even laugh a little or engage in something you love for a while and forget about how badly you want to be buried in those ruins.
When I was having one of these days, one the better days, I would try to be brave, get on my mat and practice some yoga. Because it’s something that I genuinely love. Some days it would end up in tears and desperation, but some days I would feel so alive and strong that it helped me carry on to the next day.
If you’re dealing with depression or something else that doesn’t always let you feel 100% — give yoga a try. You don’t have to leave your house or spend a lot of energy. Start small.
Taking advantage of your better days and engaging in healthy, happy habits like yoga will make you feel like you did at least one healthy, productive and amazing thing for yourself that day. Like maybe there’s light at the end of the tunnel after all. Maybe you won’t be so sad for ever.
And you’re worth feeling like that every day.
Is yoga part of your self-care routine? What’s your favorite style? Let’s chat in the comment section!
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!