How Yoga Helped Me And How It Can Help You Too

A few years ago I had no idea what Yoga was or the benefits it possessed.

When I used to hear the word “Yoga”, visuals of people in seemingly impossible and weirdly twisted positions would muster in my mind. People in pretzel like positions or upside down taking deep, exaggerated breathes while trying to find their “inner peace.”

How can you be in such an uncomfortable position and experience peace? More importantly, how do you even get in that position without a trip to the emergency room?

An Intro To Yoga: How Yoga Helped Me And How It Can Help You Too

Needless to say, the concept of yoga didn’t make a lot of sense to me. But, after trying it a few times I understood. Yoga, which originated from ancient India, is viewed as a discipline of physical, mental and spiritual practices producing many positive benefits to oneself.

The practice of yoga has become quite popular in workout routines for individuals looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. More importantly, it’s an excellent way to reduce stress and can be done almost anywhere.

Why I decided to try yoga

I tried yoga a few times before my surgery, but was never really captivated by it’s benefits. I would experience an incredible body “high” and feel extremely relaxed afterwards, but didn’t see the need to practice yoga regularly.

It wasn’t until after the effects of my surgery set in, that my opinion changed. Then yoga became an integral part of my life.

How yoga helped me

My mobility was very limited and chronic pain at an all time high, when I began yoga again, but after weeks of sessions my mobility and strength began to improve. After classes I would experience less pain, increased range of motion and a sense of calmness that would last for hours.

Yoga sessions were helping my recovery so much that I decided to practice it daily at home. Practicing only 15 minutes a day, expedited my recovery. Soon I could stand and walk for long periods of time pain free and I wasn’t forcing myself to compensate on the other hip.

How it can help anyone

Needless to say, I can certainly vouch for the benefits that a regular yoga practice has on one’s body, especially if you’re trying to overcome an injury. I’ve heard of plenty of stories of people with serious injuries suffering from chronic pain, who opted to try yoga over surgery.

An Intro To Yoga: How Yoga Helped Me And How It Can Help You TooThese individuals were able to completely erase their pain and stun the doctors who suggested the surgery in the first place. In my opinion, it’s important to deplete any natural methods of healing before you choose surgery, because of the risks associated with surgery.

Often injuries force you to overcompensate, which can then cause body alignment issues and pain symptoms. Something as simple as a tight hamstring can cause strain on the knee joint due to improper alignment, which can develop into nagging knee pain if left untreated.

In a world where we sit more often than not, poor posture can have serious health impacts. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems.

 

Benefits of yoga

There are many different styles of yoga, all providing different advantages depending on what you’re looking for. It can be great for preventative maintenance, stress relief or helping to recover from injuries (trust me on this one!).

Practicing yoga will increase your flexibility, build strength and improve your posture and body alignment while improving blood flow and calming your nervous system at the same time.

 

Mental Benefits

  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve Body Awareness
  • Better Sleep
  • Relaxation

Physical Benefits

  • Improved Flexibility
  • Improved Balance
  • Increased Strength
  • Improved Body Alignment

Ailments

  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Digestive Issues

 

If you’re suffering from a nagging injury, needing to improve your posture, flexibility or just looking for a way to release stress, why not give yoga a try?

You may be surprised by it’s benefits.

 

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