Why practice yoga?

Valeria Mancera-Saavedra, Staff Writer

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Mostly, people spend their time worrying about different aspects of life such as tasks and responsibilities at school, problems at work, problems with the family, financial situations and so on. We allow these worries to get bigger and bigger until they become stress.

Nobody likes to go through this, but how can you deal with it?

You should try practicing yoga.

Yoga means “physical and mental discipline” and is native to India. This ancient practice is now popular in our modern and stressful world as a powerful way to stretch and strengthen the body, relax and calm the mind, increase energy and lift the spirit.

This discipline helps you reduce stress and trains your body and brain to stay relaxed in complex situations in your daily life.

But are there more benefits?

Of course. It provides different benefits for the well-being of your body.

Yoga not only reduces stress, but it also calms pain. Some studies show that this practice helps reduce pain in patients with different diseases, such as sclerosis and arthritis, in addition to ending back pain and even menstrual cramps.

It also increases balance and flexibility. Perhaps when you first start practicing yoga, you won’t be able to stretch that much, but you will notice the results as you go because it takes time and dedication.

If you are looking to increase your strength, yoga is definitely for you. In yoga, all the muscles of the body are forced to work thanks to the different postures, which potentiates the strength.

Another benefit of this discipline is that it helps to maintain and control your weight. It’s not only thanks to the physical effort but also yoga teaches you healthy habits and to value the quality of the food you eat daily.

Yoga helps you reach peace of mind. This is a state that everyone should aim for. It not only makes you feel good about yourself but also the people around you. Meditating is easier than you think, and although it takes time and practice to reach this state of mindfulness, you get to know yourself better during the process.

Everyone makes their own decisions, but when it comes to your body and mind, taking care of them should always be the main priority, and you decide how to do it. Give yoga a chance and you will see great positive changes.

About the Writer
Valeria Mancera-Saavedra, Staff Writer

I’m earning an Associate in Arts degree at ECC and later transferring to a 4-year university for Journalism. This is my second year here at ECC. I decided...

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Why practice yoga?