Imagine it: you wake before six a.m. to start your day, prepare yourself and your family for work and school, arrive, work a long shift, and return home to continue family duties and eventually nod off to sleep, only to wake the next day and repeat. With a few variations, this cycle becomes the common American life. The problem with this schedule is that it does not allow any personal time to rejuvenate from life’s stress. After enough time, anyone can burn out physically, mentally, or socially.
Yoga is an excellent solution to avoiding personal burn out. Increased flexibility and circulation barely begin to describe the list of physiological health benefits of practicing yoga. It is known to improve one’s posture, reduce pain, and increase endurance and strength.
Yoga provides something else greatly needed by those on the path to burnout: time to focus on the self. The most surprising discovery to a new yoga enthusiast might be how happy he or she is just to spend an hour focused solely on “me.” It allows time for releasing stress, truly relaxing the body and soothing the mind.
The breadth of variation between instructors and styles only increases its ability to be an effective life enhancer for many people across the globe regardless of overall flexibility, body type, or age. It is never too early or too late to add yoga to your life. Try it—you might discover it becomes your selfish little secret!