For the woman who’s always on the run, there’s hardly any time to sit back and take a deep breath, let alone concentrate on a regular fitness routine. If you are someone who agrees with the above statement, then yoga is something that could change your life. Yoga isn’t just about fancy poses and sun salutations. Yoga is about finding balance, and incorporating a daily yoga routine is easier than you realize, and can even make you better at work. Here is how:
1. It’s a great stress-buster
Stress is quite possibly your number one enemy thanks to your busy life. It is one of the primary culprits for negatively impacting the productivity and the overall health of many a working woman. Meditation, combined with a few simple yoga poses, when practiced regularly, has been scientifically proven to help reduce stress. You could also do simple and relaxing deep breathing techniques sitting right at your office desk to help you instantly calm down in the most stressful of situations. In the long run, it helps you manage your stress level and helps make you a calmer person overall. So, before stress takes you over, grab your yoga mat and start right away.
2. It takes you one step closer to inner peace
The term “inner-peace” might sound far-fetched. Searching for inner-peace can be a life-long journey, but yoga can certainly help you along the way.
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”- Peace Pilgrim.
Yoga helps you calm down and listen to your body. You start accepting yourself more and you become more at peace with yourself. Being at peace with yourself makes you better equipped to handle changes. You become more patient and better at handling workplace stress. You welcome another stressful day at work with a clear, calmer mind. You become less inclined to bring work-place stress home. Once you are able to achieve this balance in your mind, you also become better at juggling your work and home life.
3. It increases your level of focus
Distraction is a huge contributor to reducing your efficiency at work. When you are at home, you are thinking about how you are going to finish that presentation before the deadline. When you are at work, you are thinking about whether you locked the door and turned off the gas stove before you left home. A scattered mind stops you from fully being present wherever you are. You are only physically present. But in order to be productive, you have to be present physically and mentally. Yoga and meditation help us in channeling and focusing our thoughts in the desired direction. When you start meditating more and practicing yoga daily, you will notice your concentration improve a great deal. There have been recent studies that validate the fact that practicing yoga just for a few minutes daily can, to a great extent, improve brain function. Those who have been practicing yoga regularly speak of how yoga helps them focus more and perform with greater efficiency. If you still have your doubts, just think of all those yogis who sit and meditate for hours and days together undisturbed by their surroundings.
4. It improves your health
Look at all those yogis, yoga gurus or yoga teachers. They seem to be oozing positivity, peace and best of all, good health. Yoga has been proven to help with conditions like high blood pressure, heart ailments, diabetes etc. Long-term practice of yoga and mastery over a few yoga poses can improve the flexibility of your body. This means your muscles get stronger. Yoga also improves your posture. If your work requires you to sit for long hours, then your muscles get sore and eventually you start complaining of backaches and neck aches. Yoga, then, can come to your rescue. By correcting your posture, yoga saves your muscles from all the tension; therefore, no more complaints of sore, tight and painful muscles. Yoga can, thus, help improve your overall health. And, a healthier you means a happier you at the workplace.
5. It boosts your energy
Yoga is great for both the body and the mind. Like every other physical activity, yoga is a greater energy booster. When you start your day with a simple yoga routine and continue to follow this, soon you’ll start seeing a marked difference in your energy levels. There are yoga poses you could observe at different times of the day. There are ones you could do mid-day to quickly refill your energy reserves and avoid that post-lunch slack that might creep in. A quick bedtime yoga routine can help you wind down after a long tiring day and rest well. This helps you sleep well and wake up all energized and ready to grab your new day and tap into your fullest potential.
Starting something new is tough; making it a habit is tougher. Yoga is no exception. It takes a lot of determination to turn practicing yoga into a habit, but eventually, the fruits you reap are priceless. Within a few days, you will start seeing a noticeable change in your body and how you feel mentally and emotionally. So, start yoga today for a more positive and a more productive you.
About The Author
Abirami is an engineer by profession and a writer/photographer by passion. When she decided to quit her career and welcome motherhood with both hands, she decided to bring back to the front seat, her passion for writing and photography. And now she is a freelance writer/blogger and a full-time mom and her son’s personal photographer. When she is not running behind her toddler and her puppy keeping the duo away from trouble, you will find her hiding in her reading nook with a crime fiction or with her notebook penning down anything and everything that flows through her mind! She also loves baking, traveling and crafting and recycling old stuff!