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Here Are 20 Undeniable Shifts That Occur When You Begin a Yoga Practice

Morgan Casavant
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Yoga has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. It’s been adopted, modified, popularized . . . and now this ancient practice is just about everywhere!

The benefits of yoga are vast – increasing physical strength and mental clarity is just the tip of the iceberg. But do you really know what happens when you start doing yoga?
 

Yoga transforms you from the inside out.

 
Yoga provides students both the physical exercise a body needs to stay healthy, along with the mental work your mind needs to stay calm, cool, and collected. And, your brain on yoga is pretty damn spectacular.
 

Here Are 20 Things That Happen When You Start Doing Yoga

As Kathryn Budig says, “There is always room for change, but you have to be open to that change.” That’s basically yoga in a nutshell.

  1. You’ll get smarter
  2. You get stronger and more flexible simultaneously
  3. Suddenly, you don’t give a sh*t about petty things anymore
  4. Your yoga fam adopts you and you have no idea what you would do without them
  5. You gain a fourth option in the “Fight, Flight, or Freeze” scenario: “Think.”
  6. You learn how to observe rather than react . . . no more putting your foot in your mouth!
  7. Your lungs actually learn to accommodate a bigger breath with pranayama
  8. Yoga chills you the f*ck out by lowering your resting heart rate over time
  9. You’ll gain a much stronger balance, which reduces the chance of injury when you trip over a crack in the sidewalk
  10. Standing tall in Mountain Pose will give you confidence you never knew you had
  11. You’ll become unf*ckablewith
  12. Yoga will give you a deeper connection to your body and tune you in to what it needs – and many times that translates more mindful eating
  13. You’ll sleep better!
  14. You’ll grasp the concept of Ahimsa, and learn to treat yourself and others with more compassion
  15. Here’s the big one: over time, you’ll be free of those nagging aches and pains!
  16. You’ll end up loving yoga so much that you’ll tell everyone about it until they’re either begging you to shut the hell up or they come with you to the studio
  17. You’ll probably end up with more yoga pants and accessories than you know what to do with
  18. Most likely you’ll end class thinking, “Where did that muscle come from? What is that muscle??”
  19. Any time you see a blank wall you’ll have to actively fight the urge to handstand
  20. You’ll be using #yogaeverydamnday in no time

 

 

Get Out There and Do Some Yoga!

There’s no doubt that yoga is amazing for your mind, body, and soul. It makes you see the world in a new way, and it’ll completely shift the way you interact with other beings.
 
One word of advice for all you brand new yogis: I know it can be intimidating, but I urge you to dive in. Getting on your mat in a studio setting will change your life, I promise. But, if you’re not quite ready to hit the studio, check out our at-home programs that you can do anytime!
 
And with that we say, Namaste.
 

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Morgan Casavant

Morgan is a yoga instructor and graphic designer committed to inspiring compassion, balance and centeredness - on and off the mat. She's also an editor at YogiApproved.

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