Convincing reasons to give yoga a try

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Posted by Kim Woods (Kim Woods Yoga) on 21 Jan 2017

“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.“ --Rodney Yee
While pounding on a treadmill, lifting free weights and swimming a few laps are all well and good, yoga exercises the mind and body in a completely unique way. In fact, yoga changes both your body and brain starting the day you begin.
To celebrate its many positives -- both big and small -- we thought we'd highlight just a few of our favourite reasons to practice yoga:
1. To live in the present. Most of us spend the majority of our time with our phones in our hands, pockets or purses. We rush to and from the office, checking emails and texting as we go. Research shows that we spend almost half of our time thinking about things aside from what we're actually doing -- even though there is happiness to be found when we live in the moment. Yoga offers the opportunity to completely unplug and focus on exactly what's right in front of you.
2. To sweat. You don't have to practice Bikram in a 100-degree room to break a sweat. Depending on the type you're doing, just one hour of yoga can burn nearly 500 calories.
3. For gratitude. Many yogis begin and end their practices by dedicating their time on the mat to someone or something important to them. Can't we all agree that the world could use a little more gratitude?
4. Because it's convenient. The $27 billion industry has grown rapidly in recent years -- meaning yoga studios are popping up in cities across the country. No matter where you live, you're probably not far from a yoga studio. And even if you live in a super-remote area, you can get your yoga on in the comfort of your living room. All you need is a mat -- and even that's optional.
5. For your brain. Hit the mat to clear your mind. Yoga has been shown to increase brain function right after a practice as short as 20 minutes. It can improve memory and help you maintain focus, too.
6. Two words: yoga pants. Seriously, is there anything more comfortable?
7. For strength's sake. Holding poses and moving through sun salutations is a fast track to stronger muscles. Yoga has been linked with greater dead-lift strength, for instance. So ditch the weights for a quick yoga session every once in a while.
8. To make new friends. With over 20 million American yogis, you're bound to buddy up with some mat mates at your local studio.
For even more reason, please read my Blog.........

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