6 Big Reasons You Should Give Yoga a Try

Passionate Yogis weigh in on some of the top reasons you should practice yoga

You’ve likely heard about the yoga hype—it’s not a new phenomenon, but even today it’s drawing fans from all over. If you’re thinking of giving it a go, these six reasons might be the final push you need.

You’ll Probably Be Great at It
“Beginners are actually the best yogis. They more than likely come into the practice with no expectation and are open to different methods, suggestions and interpretations.”
Amber Allen, a yoga instructor with six years of experience

You’ll Learn New Things
“Yoga will help you understand yourself and your body better. Yoga is the best way to get intimate with yourself and really discover what makes you truly happy and how to use your body efficiently...Yoga is challenging and, because it’s a lifelong practice, you will never stop growing or learning.”
Kristin McGee, a yoga instructor with 17 years of experience

It Can Help You Recover
“Yoga is powerful; it really [helps] you bounce back from an injury, heartbreak, illness etc.”
Kristin McGee, a yoga instructor with 17 years of experience

Yoga is Great for Strength
“As a rower and runner my core has always been strong, but practicing Vinyasa yoga has really made a huge impact on my core. This has translated to better form while running (and less back pain during long runs). I’ve especially noticed an improvement in the strength in my obliques.”
Lee Glandorf, a former NCAA D1 rower, marathoner and yogi

Also Great for Balance
“I love to ski but balance isn’t something I had focused on in the past (in rowing, balance comes from a strong core). Standing and balancing series in yoga have improved my balance and, as a result, helped me be a better skier – I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been able to save myself from a fall thanks to the improved mobility of yoga.”
Lee Glandorf, a former NCAA D1 rower, marathoner and yogi

Yoga Will Help You De-Stress
While it’s an obvious benefit, it’s really key:  I work in public relations, notoriously one of the more stressful industries and I have found that getting in an hour of practice at the end of the day makes a huge impact on my clarity of thought, stress levels and anxiety.”
Lee Glandorf, a former NCAA D1 rower, marathoner and yogi

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