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As a busy person, I know how difficult it can be to find the time for things like exercise and relaxation. The days fly by in a blur of meetings, deadlines, emails and errands. It’s hard to carve out any time for yourself – let alone something as seemingly indulgent as yoga.
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But yoga is so much more than an indulgence – it’s an invaluable tool that can help you stay healthy, focused and energised while managing a hectic lifestyle. Here, I’ll explain why this ancient practice is worth making time for, even when your schedule is packed.
First off, yoga can help manage stress levels. Stress exacerbates all manner of health issues – both physical and mental – but regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce cortisol levels (aka the stress hormone). It does this by calming the mind through mindful breathing techniques and poses that require concentration on form rather than worrying about what lies ahead or what’s happened in the past. Plus, if you’re pressed for time there are classes available specifically designed for busy lifestyles with shorter routines that still offer significant benefits.
Yoga also helps with physical strength and flexibility; two essential qualities for keeping up energy levels throughout the day. If your job involves sitting at a desk all day then yoga is particularly important as it helps to counteract any tension built up in muscles from sitting down too long or slouching over a laptop – which can cause neck pain, backache and headaches among other things! Even if you don’t have time to attend classes regularly there are plenty of easy-to-follow tutorials available online that require little more than 10 minutes each day.
Yoga also boosts endurance and resilience. A regular practice encourages increased oxygen intake which helps build stamina allowing you to stay focused without becoming fatigued easily (as well as helping protect against illness). During times of intense demand on your energy reserves, yoga enables you to find clarity in the chaos by taking some “me” time out from your jam-packed schedule – whether it be through meditation or deep breathing exercises – enabling you to approach tasks with renewed focus and energy when needed most!
Finally, yoga is great for improving general wellbeing; increasing happiness hormones such as serotonin whilst reducing anxiety hormones like adrenaline – meaning that after just one session you should feel both relaxed yet energised at the same time! So why not give it a go? Even if life feels like its moving at 100mph right now – a few minutes spent stretching or meditating could make all the difference between feeling overwhelmed or upbeat!