Last year was a rough one, both physically and mentally. To start the new year off right, we want to introduce those not yet familiar with the benefits of yoga to it now. After all, it not only makes you limber but also helps with your mental health. Some may find it a bit floaty, but if you are in need of some relaxation, this is definitely for you.
Less stress through yoga
This is already fairly well known, but yoga helps against stress. After an hour of yoga, you immediately feel relaxed. In addition, it has also been proven that stress relieved by mindfulness is less likely to return. Stress can result in depression, so indirectly, yoga also makes you much less likely to become depressed.
Time to reflect
The nice, calm atmosphere that yoga gives you gives you time to do a lot of self-reflection. You can reflect on your day, the past week, the whole year or even your life as a whole. When you are in such a relaxed mood, you can think better. Have you ever noticed that?
Fine sleep through yoga
Do you sometimes struggle to fall asleep? Then 15 minutes of yoga before bed can help you with that. To sleep, you need to be in a relaxed state. As soon as you start mulling over all sorts of things, that won't happen. During the yoga session, you can organise all those thoughts so that you go to sleep with an empty head. So before you go to bed, try doing a few exercises.
Improve your brain performance
You might not expect it, but several studies show that yoga improves your brain's performance. For example, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign saw that there were positive changes due to the relaxation method in your brain's memory processing. In addition, changes were seen in the part of the brain that deals with regulating emotions and planning, multitasking and decision-making.