This wasn’t the reason which I began practicing yoga. However, for me it will certainly be a reason for continuing …
It might seem counterintuitive that a slow paced, breath focussed form of exercise could be beneficial with helping someone to accelerate their career or through a busy lifestyle. However it is certainly working for me…. my top 4 reasons why:
1. Slowing down allows you to speed up
I used to be someone who was forever making hurried decisions. Being under constant time pressures of exams, racing others to ‘win’ and trying to get through get as many things done in a working day as possible.
However I was forever making mistakes. To be honest I still am! However, I’m making far less at work and when it comes to saying the wrong thing at the wrong time as I’ve begun to think about what I say and focus more on quality over quantity.
Yoga has helped me do this through encouraging me to slow down and be more mindful of my actions. As a result I’m much more efficient when doing things. When you are completely focussed on doing one thing at a time you will inevitably do it really well.
2. Breathing normally
So often I would stop at the end of my working day and think to myself, ‘have I even taken one deep breath today?’. From what I hear from my friends and FROLLEAGUES (friends who are colleagues 😜) many others feel the same.
Although I’m not doing the ujjayi (yoga style) breathing throughout my working day, getting more conforatable with deeper breathing has made me take this into my every day life more often. Allowing me to reduce time wasted through stress or anxiety (not that these have even been major issues but they are for most people, in some way right?!)
3. Rarely getting sick
I haven’t taken a day off work in the past 3 years, which is in all the time I’ve been practicing yoga. I’m not saying that only yoga stops you from being sick, certainly not, there are many other factors that contribute here.
However, I do truly believe that our mind plays one of the most important parts in our health and having a less stressed, calmer persona has allowed my body to stay in a healthy state far more often.
Less sick days clearly = increased productivity
4. The best sleep
Having a still-er mind allows for the body to easily relax. I find that often people who rarely exercise are the ones who suffer with a sleep deficit.
We’re designed to move our bodies. It doesn’t have to be in the form of yoga. But in whatever way we choose to move we are encouraging the body to focus on something other than work/home life and move in ways we were built to. We all know there are endless benefits of playing sport as a team or developing our bodies at the gym. For me, I have the best sleep after tiring out my muscles during the day.
I’m sure you’ll agree that when we sleep better, everything is better!
5. Sharper Thinking (Source: Simona.com)
Yoga sharpens the brain. Yoga practice doesn’t just make your body more flexible, but also your brain.
In a recent study of 133 adults, aged 53 to 96, those who practiced 30 minutes of yoga twice a week for a month or more saw an improvement in their cognitive function. “Focused breath equals maximizing oxygenation and movement increases blood flow to brain and body,” says registered nurse Graham McDougall
It’s no secret that yoga is a great way to calm down. You can feel a soothing wave wash over you immediately during and after practice—and evidence shows that it is not just a placebo effect 🙂