Completing a 40-day practice of yoga is also called sadhana. It means dedicated practice in Sanskrit. It lasts for 21, 30, or 40 days. The benefits are life changing and you will find yourself breaking through physical and mental barriers you never thought possible. You might not think you have time in your busy schedule but once you begin, you’ll realize that you can’t live without it. From your dedicated practice, you’ll create healthier eating habits and find a greater center within yourself. Once you’re done your 40 days of commitment, you’re most likely to stick with it too. This time of dedication will make you realize how yoga really does enhance your lifestyle.
1. You’llJust Feel Stronger in General :
When you’re stronger, you will feel more inclined to be more athletic. Yoga involves a lot of poses that bring you strength in your core, arms, legs, and shoulders. Even just a few minutes a day of downward facing dog or warrior poses will bring you greater flexibility. All of this is going to support better posture which is especially important if you sit at a desk all day. Pain caused by bad posture will be alleviated.
2. You’ll Start to Shed Pounds With Ease :
We always feel better when we get rid of a few pounds. Yoga might not burn a lot of calories but it still helps you to lose weight. Even the most gentle yoga practice done for 40 days will help your metabolic system. You’ll burn fat more easily too. As yoga helps to restore your hormonal balance, this can normalize weight. Stress-related weight comes from high levels of cortisol in the body. This hormone is released when you’re experiencing stress which is what causes belly fat. When you do yoga every day, you strengthen the mind and body connection. You learn to cope with life’s ups and down without reaches for crutches, like food. Instead of suppressing your feelings with instant gratification, you’ll be more capable of managing whatever is going on.
3. You’ll Have More Energy :
Yoga is not just about stretching, it’s also about learning how to breathe deeply. With the poses and the breathing exercises, you will begin to experience more energy. As your days of consistent yoga persist, you will notice you have more energy every day. Poses that focus on extending the spine, like tree pose, allows energy to move through the body. Heart openers also encourage you to breathe deeply into your chest and belly. Yoga, in general, is going to wake up all parts of the body but you also avoid those cortisol levels which exhaust you.
4. You’ll be a More Relaxed You :
Yoga is a stress buster. It’s been proven by the likes of Harvard Medical and many other studies. Companies that want to help their staff will often offer lunchtime yoga sessions. It helps with productivity to have staff that aren’t overwhelmed and stressed out. The poses, breathing, and meditative aspects of yoga regulates the heartbeat when done regularly. This allows you to respond to stress more easily.
A daily yoga practice can even help with insomnia that comes from stress. Try some relaxing poses before bed. Forward fold and legs up on the wall are both relaxing yoga poses that calm the body and mind. When you do legs on the wall, try it for five minutes to get the best benefits.
5. You’ll Breathe More Deeply :
Our breath is our life force. Many of us don’t breathe fully into the lower part of our lungs so we don’t maximize the amount of oxygen we can receive. The lower part of the lungs actually take in more oxygen so when you learn to breathe more deeply, you’ll gain a lot of benefits. It takes practice so when you’re doing 40 days of yoga, you’ll find this comes as a natural part of your process.
When doing yoga, you’ll focus on slowing down your breathing and make it fuller. This brings a great deal of relaxation to the mind. You’ll feel more balanced but you’ll also gain more clarity and think more clearly. You increase your lung capacity this way.
6. You’ll Experience Greater Happiness :
It may not seem connected but by doing yoga every day, you will increase the ability to be emotionally more positive and happier. Studies have even found that if you practice yoga and meditation daily, you can raise your serotonin levels. This is the hormone responsible for making you happy. Studies have also shown that the brains GABA levels are high after practicing yoga. This is what is responsible for lower levels of anxiety. It only takes 15 minutes of yoga every day to change your brain chemistry and improve your mood.
7. You’ll Think More Clearly :
That breathing you’re going to get really good at is going to help you focus. You may find that your work productivity increases with all this new clarity. Through observing your breath, you calm your mind and this mental stability helps you to retain more information. Meditating for just a few minutes while you focus on breathing can be helpful. You reduce tension and anxiety which is one of the reasons we have a hard time thinking clearly. Your thoughts become more organized and cognitive function is improved.
8. You Begin to Experience More Mindfulness :
Mindfulness is a major part of why yoga was developed. Yoga is essentially the gateway to being mindful in life. To not letting the ego take over your thoughts. This is important for your happiness and emotional stability. Mindfulness means being in the present as opposed to looking to the past or fretting about the future. In moments of stress, you can deal with the situation instead of allowing the fight/flight response to kick in (which is what would release cortisol).
Being aware in your life means you can weather whatever storms occur and it is a major benefit of yoga that will begin to show through once you’re into the 21+ days. Any critical self-talk or doubt can easily be negated as you begin to take control of your life. This can become a path to spiritual growth if you wish to take it there.
9. You’ll Be Rejuvenated :
Yoga helps to invigorate you and increase your level of fitness. Your stress levels are reduced and heart rate is regulated. This will generally make you a happier person. This will rejuvenate you and add years to your life. The risk of heart disease decreases and you may also even delay the process of aging.
10. You’ll Become Kinder to Yourself :
As you honor your body and mind through yoga, you will find that you’re kinder to yourself in many ways. A lot of negative self-talking can cause depression and cause us to self-destruct. Even worse, we may become complacent and give up fully on being our best. When you commit to 40 days of yoga, you’re going to feel proud of who you are at the end. You’ll be gentler during those times you are unsure about yourself in a situation. You will also have the tools to quickly come back to the present.
There will be roadblocks along the way but if you continue the dedication of 40 days of yoga, you will notice your life changing. You’ll be more confident in everything you do. You’ll experience less pain and have an increase in energy. You will build a better lifestyle for yourself by making better food choices and your mind won’t run off into a million directions. Yoga was designed to improve the health of your mind, body, and soul. You’ll feel it when you dive into a 40-day commitment.
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