Benefits Of Doing Yoga Daily
Posted On May 31, 2020
Yoga is physical, mental and spiritual practice that can be practiced at your leisure. The beauty of yoga is that you do it when it suits you. Some people practice monthly, some weekly and some daily.
Doing yoga on a daily basis can help you harness all of the benefits of a yoga practice in a shorter space of time. And as yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice, by integrating yoga into your daily life, you are more likely to feel the effects of your yoga practice on a daily basis as well.
This could mean more calm and more relaxation more regularly in your life. In this post, I’ll be going walking you through all of the benefits of doing yoga daily. From the physical to the mental to the spiritual. So let’s get going!
Practicing yoga on a daily basis can have some huge benefits for your physical health. Yoga can help increase your strength, flexibility and posture. And you can begin to see these benefits even if you practice yoga on weekly basis. So what does practicing yoga on a daily basis do for your body?
Whatever style of yoga you choose to practice, your physical strength is likely to improve. But if you are practicing a more intense form of yoga, then your strength is likely to increase a little quicker.
Yoga is physical exercise so of course when you start yoga, your body might feel a little sore. You might feel a little achey the day after you practice. If you haven’t practiced yoga before then you might be aching in muscles you never knew you had! Your body will simply be adjusting to your new routine.
Practicing yoga every day will accelerate this process because it needs to adapt to your new daily yoga routine. And give it a month or so and you’ll be seeing the physical changes for yourself.
When you practice yoga is proper alignment on a daily basis, it’s sure to have an effect on your posture. A lot of the poses in yoga (even the ones where you aren’t standing up) require you to pull your shoulders back and your spine long.
This is where the benefit of doing yoga daily can really come into its’ own. Practicing yoga on a weekly basis is great, but it’s easy for your muscles to forget the proper alignment that you’ve been using in your yoga practice.
When you practice yoga daily, you begin to let muscle memory kick in and you may just catch a glimpse of yourself in your daily life with your shoulders back a little bit further and your head held that little bit higher!
Listen to your body
All this being said, if you are just starting a daily yoga practice, it’s important that you listen to your body and don’t do too much to soon. Doing too much too soon could result in injury or strain. And that’s the last thing you want is to strain yourself just when you’re getting into the hang of doing your new yoga practice each day.
Some say that yoga is a mental practice as much as it is a physical practice. I guess we can apply this to many forms of exercise. Take strength workouts for example, you need to stay focused and stay disciplined to get to the end of a really painful set. Same with endurance running and gymnastics, for example. So where does yoga come in?
Yoga requires concentration. And sometimes heaps of it. Especially if you’re just starting out. If you’re in a yoga class and you have no idea what these new poses are and no idea of how your body is supposed to get itself into these poses, then it’s likely your mind will be going on overdrive.
Sometimes people think this contradicts what they see the main purpose of yoga to be: relaxation. However, these clumsy and concentration-requiring moments when you start out are required to get into the stage where everything flows and your mind slows down. And it’s not to say you can’t experience these moments whilst still figuring things out – most people do and that’s why they keep coming back to it!
Self-discipline goes hand in hand with our point above – focus and self-discipline = skill! There’s only one way we keep getting better at something – practice. And practice means we do it even when we don’t feel like it, not just when we do feel like it.
The great thing about strengthening your self-discipline muscle for yoga is that you can then apply your willpower to areas in the rest of your life. Is there another project or skill you’ve been wanting to get done but just can’t muster up the motivation? Here’s where self-discipline steps in.
A good yoga teacher will encourage you to become aware of the sensations that arise in your body as you go through the practice. A great yoga teacher will encourage you to become aware of your feelings and thoughts and how they might change throughout the practice.
You might start off feeling great, but then feel tired which can bring up thoughts of ‘I could just stop now’ or ‘why did I choose to do this today?’.
Awareness if great because it’s just that – becoming aware. You don’t have to do anything more. You don’t need to react. And when you’re in a yoga pose, there’s not much you can do. If thoughts like the above do come up, try to work with it, watch it. And let it be. And you never know, it might just go away on its own.
After awareness comes acceptance. If we can’t change something, then what is the use being mad about that? The sooner we learn to accept things that are less than ideal, the sooner we find peace. Non-resistance is the key to inner happiness and contentment.
Yoga can help with this by encouraging you to simply see something for what it is and accepting it. It doesn’t have to be changed (unless you’re in pain then of course change the pose). It doesn’t have to modified. Sometimes things are just how they are for no good reason. And the sooner we can accept this, the sooner we strengthen our spiritual essence and feel a greater sense of peace on a daily basis.
To sum it all up…
Yoga offers so many benefits. And these are just accelerated when we practice yoga on a daily basis. I have to admit, this is something I struggle with so I’d love to know how you get on if you give daily yoga a go!