3 unexpected benefits of practicing yoga

3 unexpected benefits of practicing yoga

I stumbled upon the following question while browsing quora.com (which also happens to be my new favorite pass time). 

“I’ve been trying to implement yoga and meditation in my life for a while but somehow it doesn’t work as I expect it to. Do I need someone to teach me or does it take time to see significant results?”

This query reminds me of how, at first, my yoga practice didn’t quite live up to my expectations either. I had my own preconceptions of what the yoga should be like and what I wanted to get out of it.

But the cool thing about yoga is that it doesn’t give you what you want. And yes, having a teacher really makes a difference.

Here are three examples of the recent and unexpected “results” I attribute to yoga. 

ONE. I flew over the front of my bicycle recently in a minor accident that left me unscathed. I slammed on the brakes suddenly, and my bike stopped but I didn’t. Had it not been for yoga, I am certain that some bone or ligament would have just snapped or popped when I hit the ground. But thanks to yoga, my connective tissues is pliable and the flexibility I’ve gained from yoga helped my body absorb the impact of the fall without anything breaking.

TWO. In December I took a month long break from my yoga practice. I haven’t taken this long a break in a while and was quickly reminded of why I love yoga so much. By the end of the month I felt really wishy washy, undecided and unsure of myself. Having a consistent yoga practice gives me a sense of groundedness that is not natural to me. I may not be aware of  it every day, but when it’s gone I miss it!

THREE. I enjoy being a morning person. This hasn’t always been the case. Until recently, the sound of the alarm in the morning triggered a terrible argument inside my head. One voice would say “You have to go do yoga!” and another rebuttled “I don’t want to!” Lately, however I enjoy the morning practice more than ever. The practice clears my head and warms my body. Afterwards I feel renewed.

Have you had similar experiences with yoga in your life? I’d love to hear what gifts yoga has surprised you with. Please share below. I look forward to reading your thoughts!

This article was written by
Julia Zatta

Julia is a yoga anatomy teacher and bodyworker based in Barcelona, Spain.

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