If, like many of us, you live a busy life and are constantly balancing different priorities, chances are that you have a pretty high level of stress that you’re also trying to manage. It can be easy to push certain tasks to the side in order to get everything else on your to-do list done, but the truth is that you can’t sustain a busy lifestyle if you never take time to slow down and take care of yourself — physically and emotionally.

Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of yoga — specifically, the impact that it has on your mental and emotional well-being. At Duality Fit, we offer yoga classes to help students become more in-tune with their bodies and reach a greater sense of balance in their lives.

Yoga Calms Your Nervous System

Your nervous system is responsible for your “fight or flight” response, which can be constantly active if you’re in a chronic state of stress. This increases the acidity of your body, causes digestive issues, and can interrupt your ability to focus (just to name a few effects).

When you take time out of your day to practice yoga, the deep breathing allows your nervous system to calm down and go from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest,” giving your body a chance to relax and regulate itself.

Yoga Helps with Your Sense of Self

When you take time out of your day to practice yoga and focus on yourself, your subconscious starts to believe that you’re worth investing your own time into. This moment of quiet allows you to connect with yourself more, build your confidence, and help you address difficult moments in your day more easily because you know you’ll be okay.

Yoga Improves Your Romantic Relationships

As you continue practicing yoga and seeing yourself through a more compassionate, unconditionally loving viewpoint, you’ll naturally start to see others from the same perspective. This can improve your relationship with your partner because you’ll be more willing to listen and work through issues rather than get reactive and angry.

Yoga Helps You Become More Mindful

When you practice different yoga poses, you’re physically opening up different parts of your body to stretch and release tension. While you’re physically releasing knots in your body, you’re also releasing mental and emotional tension — whether you’re aware of it or not. When you release this psychological tightness, you become more aware of your body, your emotions, and how the two are connected.

Yoga Helps Us Accept Past Wounds

Sometimes, things happen in our lives that are out of our control, causing us to become angry and bitter. Practicing yoga helps us accept the things that have happened and their consequences, while pushing us forward to focus more on our own actions and behavior — the things we can control. When you accept past wounds, you’ll be able to move on from them and be more emotionally healthy.

Yoga classes are a great way to take time out of your day to recenter yourself. You’re guided by an instructor to help you stay focused and work on your breath and form. At Duality Fit in Sloan Lake, we offer different yoga classes to help you with your physical, mental, and emotional health. Become a member today and enjoy an unlimited number of yoga classes every month.