We all want to look beautiful forever. We all work on our looks and body to feel young and fresh for as long as possible. One thing we gurls need to remember is that beauty is not only external. We can’t attain that perfect look only by applying different cosmetic products available on the market. As a matter of fact, in the long run, these products often do more harm than good. Eternal beauty is something that comes from inside. Now, I am not talking philosophy gurls. What I mean is that your diet, fitness and lifestyle also play a major role in how you look. Now the question is how do you get there? Here’s a thought, try yoga daily!
Yoga has been around for a long time, for more than 5,000 years to be precise. It helps us both on a physical and psychological level. And guess what? It’s been scientifically proven that daily yoga makes a difference. Here are some very good reasons to practice yoga daily:
1. Yoga For Beauty
Most important things first! You may find it difficult to believe that practicing Yoga daily can make you beautiful but once you start practicing it you will realize that the benefits of Yoga for beauty are really rewarding and can be seen in a short time if you practice the postures correctly. One of the main benefits of doing Yoga is that the female body adjusts itself correctly, as intended by nature.
When everything is in perfect order internally, it means that nutrients and other substances are absorbed in the best way and your cells grow properly. When this happens, the body is able to make the most out of each meal, juices, medicines and even creams that are applied to it. Next, daily Yoga helps incredibly with blood circulation and thus your face and hair have a natural bright glow to them. Also, when you practice Yoga, your body is able to get rid of many toxins accumulated in your body; as a result, you feel clean from within, and this reflects outside as a healthy, glowing face.
2. Daily Yoga Increases Your Elasticity, Strength And Endurance
There are certain exercises or practices like running that target, for instance, the cardiovascular system. If you lift weights, you will be working on the strength and if you do gymnastics, you will be increasing your elasticity. But with Yoga, you have an all-in-one tool, and you would be simultaneously targeting your health, strength and elasticity.
Yoga can seem like the elixir of legendary life, a cure to all of our everyday problems, worries and diseases.
These benefits have been experienced by people for thousands of years and as mentioned earlier, have been scientifically proven. To really know the benefits of yoga and how it helps, I recommend you to start practicing it yourself even if it is only half an hour a day.
3. Yoga and the Brain
Yoga practice not only benefits the physical body but also the brain. In a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, which was performed on 133 adults, it was found that those who practiced yoga for 30 minutes twice a week showed a better cognitive function than those who did not. In another study, done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States, it was observed that those who practiced Hatha yoga for 20 minutes were speedier and more accurate on tests of mental flexibility, information recall and task-switching than they were before they started practicing Yoga. So, beauty with brains girls! Go for it!
4. Yoga And Stress
It is no secret that many practice Yoga to relax and unwind. The calming wave that sweeps you after a yoga class is something to experience. A report presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference saw a link between Yoga and lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and especially in women at risk of mental illness. In the study, 52 women participated and did Bikram Yoga for 90 minutes twice a week. It was noted that the participants felt better, looked better and had better control over their anxiety.
5. Yoga Improves Your Concentration
In everyday life, we see that mind gets distracted all the time and thus it is extremely difficult to concentrate and get things done. And if you are a student and have to get good grades, inability to concentrate can prove to be no less than a curse. Yoga can help with this too. During a yoga session, you are repeatedly encouraged to return to your breathing, which has been proven to increase your ability to concentrate. So, next time you feel your mind is running north and south, sit in a cross-legged position and try concentrating on your breathing for 10 minutes and see how you feel better.
6. Yoga And PMS
What do you feel like doing when you have PMS? Sinking your teeth in chocolate and lay on the couch? Maybe, but research shows that yoga can relieve your PMS symptoms. So next time you are down with PMS, try forcing yourself on the yoga mat! In a study conducted at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College in UK, the results of 15 different studies were reviewed – which examined how a regular Yoga practice can affect a woman’s experience of, among other things, PMS, menstrual pain and PCOS. All studies revealed that Yoga could help with PMS symptoms and pain during menses. Some studies also showed that there was a decrease in the breasts’ tenderness and participants reported more regular monthly cycle, better concentration and mood.
7. Yoga and Depression
In a study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, the researchers found that the condition of the new mothers affected by postpartum depression improved significantly after practicing yoga twice a week for eight weeks, compared to the group who didn’t practice Yoga. The improvement was especially visible in problems related to anxiety and depression. In another study, a significant reduction in depressive symptoms was seen in breast cancer patients who practiced yoga 60 minutes a day for 24 weeks compared to the people who didn’t practice yoga. So, next time you feel depressed, kick away the blues by practicing some Yoga postures.
8. Yoga and the Heart
High blood pressure is caused due to the contraction of blood vessels and heart disease is caused by blockages in the coronary arteries. Yoga has a calming effect on the body and causes the blood vessels to relax and thereby reduces blood pressure while increasing the blood flow to the heart. In a study published in Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome, which studied 182 participants with metabolic syndromes for one year, it was seen that the yoga not only lowered blood pressure but also contributed to a healthier weight among participants.
There are just 8 reasons why practicing yoga daily is a must for gurls like us. Seriously, the benefits are endless. Don’t take this list to be comprehensive, it is just a bit of fuel to get your yoga fire burning! Gurls, it is time to become the best version of yourself.