Come on, your yoga pants deserve more respect than to simply serve as comfort clothing while sitting on the couch taking in the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I get it. You work long days in stuffy clothes and just can’t wait to be released from the suffocating waste band, pantyhose, and just downright restricting clothes. Your yoga pants are your best friend on any given weeknight, but you need to start treating your best friend better.
Ever wonder why those yoga pants have just the right amount of give? They are not too tight or too slouchy, but rather just perfect; perfect for you to do everything in, except you forget to practice what the pants are intended for. Show your yoga pants a little respect and try actually using them for yoga.
Sometimes our lives our filled with stress. While music therapies, aroma-therapies, and certain foods can help ease the mental and physical damage caused by stress, yoga as a form of physical exercise has been proven to help ease stress and restore the mind and body.
Yoga, originating from India, brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of the body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Hatha yoga is most closely associated with stress relief. Hatha yoga was developed in fifteenth century India by yogic sage, Yogi Swatmarama. Yogi Swatmarama compiled the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, which is the classic Sanskrit manual on Hatha Yoga. Hatha yoga is considered a holistic yoga path that includes disciplines, postures, purification procedures, gestures, breathing, and meditation. Hatha yoga represents opposing energies and works to balance mind and body via physical postures, purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.
A combination of poses and breathing are the core components of Hatha yoga. Poses, also called postures, are designed to increase strength and flexibility. In yoga breathing signifies your vital energy; yoga teaches that by controlling your breathing, you can help control your body and quiet your mind. By focusing on breathing, you can divert your attention from those stressful circumstances.
There are numerous health benefits of yoga. As mentioned earlier, yoga can help reduce stress by focusing your attention on the breathing exercises and not the chaos around you. With the numerous poses, you increase your fitness, improving your balance, flexibility, and range of motion and strength. Yoga has been proven to help with chronic health conditions such as insomnia. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, nearly 60 million Americans alone suffer from insomnia; instead of turning to a sleeping pill for the treatment, yoga can help to ease the symptoms of insomnia.
You owe it to yourself and your yoga pants to choose a better life for the both of you. Life is stressful. We get off balance in all the chaos and our hectic schedules. Join the more than 15 million people who practice yoga and feel rejuvenated.