I can hear the collective sigh of my readers from here, as once again, I’m banging on about Yoga. I haven’t posted a Yoga related blog post in quite a while so figured now would be a good time, especially as we’re approaching the end of the year and “new year, new me” season. If one of your resolutions is to get healthier then these reasons to start Yoga might guide you in the right direction.

Reasons To Start Yoga

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I’ve been practicing Yoga for years. It’s in my soul now. I had absolutely NO IDEA how much I would adore Yoga before I started – and that was BEFORE I knew about any of these positive reasons to start Yoga. Going in completely naive and with an open mind – which in hindsight, was the best thing I could have done.

I totally understand how annoying it can be when someone claims that Yoga will fix anything and everything. Not only is it annoying, it’s also incredibly irresponsible and potentially dangerous. There IS truth in the claims – Yoga has so many benefits (which we’ll get into) but of course you should always consult your GP first.

Yoga has become one of my biggest loves in life. I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d do without it. I practice more or less every day. I’ve been to a Yoga retreat (and learnt a LOT from the experience). I use Yoga for pain management. And I have lots of plans for how I’d like to enhance my Yoga journey in the future.

And I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about Yoga… it’s a journey.

So if you’re intrigued about Yoga but aren’t sure whether it’s for you, you’re in the right place! Here are my 8 reasons to start Yoga – especially in the New Year!

It has a ton of physical health benefits

I recently read the book The Reluctant Yogi by Carla McKay which I’d HIGHLY recommend for anyone who’s a bit skeptical about Yoga. But not only that Carla goes heavily into the health benefits of the practice and it’s quite outstanding. Some include: increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, improved metabolism, cardio and circulatory health and SO MUCH MORE.

Yoga also has a ton of mental health benefits

This is a big one for me because mental illness was the reason I started Yoga in the first place. The mental benefits are huge reasons to start Yoga. It can decrease stress and anxiety, calms and centers the nervous system, improves attention and concentration, increases body awareness, reduce tension and much more. Many Western doctors are now prescribing Yoga to patients for a variety of conditions (much more on this in The Reluctant Yogi book!)

It’s adaptable

Yoga is for everyone. Truly. Yoga absolutely doesn’t have to mean an intense workout if you don’t want it to or if you’re not able to. And it’s so important to remember that all poses can be changed and adapted to suit your body. If you’re familiar with Yoga With Adriene, you’ll know her motto, “find what feels good” and I find that ultimately, that’s all that matters in Yoga.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all thing

So, you’ve tagged along with a friend to a Yoga class in the past but it really wasn’t for you? No biggie! There are a ton of different types and style of Yoga and it’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach. Bikram Yoga for those who like a sweat and a detox. Hatha Yoga if you prefer a more gentle practice.  Kundalini Yoga if you want to work on your breath and spinal energy. And there’s many more styles to choose from too.

It is what you make it

I understand that it might be the perceived spiritual elements of Yoga which put you off starting in the first place and whilst Yoga DOES originate from Indian holy texts over 5,000 years ago, I think it’s a huge misconception of Yoga that you need to be spiritual in order to practice. I think the fact that it is what you make it is one of the BEST reasons to start Yoga!

There’s Yoga for everything

There is. Which is fantastic because if one day you’re not feeling a workout but you’re having a little bit of back pain or digestion issues – there’s Yoga for that! That’s where I find Yoga With Adriene comes in really handy because her short and snappy practices often cater for specific things, which, if you haven’t got an awful lot of time, can be amazing for slotting into your self care routine.

It feels good

I mean, that’s a good enough reason to do anything isn’t it? Yoga feels GREAT. Running? Makes me feel like my lungs are going to fall out my arse. Cycling? Makes me feel like someone injected the essence of Mordor into my thighs. But Yoga? It’s something that combines all the above benefits as well as feeling good at the same time. Triple win.

It’s all about you baby

And finally, I think a few of my above points embody this and from a more personal point of view, Yoga is the one thing that makes me feel like me. It’s the one and ONLY thing where I feel like my time spent on my mat is all about me. I have no other worries on the mat. I feel completely safe and supported. And I’d love for those who are trying Yoga for the first time to feel that way too.

8 Reasons To Start Yoga

Are you going to be giving Yoga a go in 2020? Have you been thinking about it but not yet took the leap? If you’ve just started, how are you finding it? Let me know in the comments!

99 Comments

  1. In the last 6months or so I’ve started practicing yoga at home every single day. Just signed up for my first aerial yoga classes and strongly considering becoming an instructor. I love it THAT much.

  2. It’s a goal of mine to get into a continuous yoga practice, but I struggle with finding something that goes a bit easy on my wrists and my neck. Do you have suggestions for books/videos about beginning yoga practice? (That I can do from home on my own.)

  3. I’ve tried yoga a couple of times but I’m so terrible at making time for it. However it’s a big goal of mine for 2020 to prioritise the things that are good for my body and soul and I am always SO motivated to get going with yoga after reading your posts on it. Hopefully this year I’ll be joining you in raving about it! xx
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  4. Id like to give yoga a go at some point but I’m not sure it’s really for me! I really enjoy reading your posts on yoga though x

  5. I keep saying I want to give yoga a real try and never do. It’s definitely a resolution of mine for next year!

  6. Every time I read one of these posts I start to wonder if I should give it another go. I knew that yoga has lots of physical and mental benefits but I didn’t know it was good for metabolism too x

    Sophie

  7. I’ve been a reader for over a year now, and every time you write about yoga, I tell myself “soon, you’re going to try it too, Mace” :’) The new year is a great reason to start up new things, so I really need to aim to ACTUALLY start doing yoga this coming year x

  8. This has really inspired me to get back into yoga again! I’ve done it really sporadically over the years and always enjoyed it, I guess I just never stuck with it for some reason, but wow all those benefits just reminded me why I need to pick it up again!

  9. I’ve always wanted to try yoga but I never got around to doing it. My best friend took up lessons a year or two and she really enjoyed it! You’ve given me just enough push with this post to actually attempt it in 2020, haha. Thanks for this!

  10. I absolutely LOVE yoga, I just do not practice it near as much as I should. We don’t have any local yoga classes near me and I have a tendency to put it on the back-burner a lot. I do love everything about it though! These are all such great reasons to push myself to do more yoga in 2020!

  11. This is a refreshing and honest post. My husband would love it if I started yoga in the new year- he’s been trying to get me to do it for years 😬😂. This was incredibly helpful to me! Thanks!

  12. The one thing I love about yoga is that it is so adaptable, and that one does not need a teacher to find what works for you. Yoga breathing exercises have helped me manage stress, so I would like to ease into some slow exercises come the New Year!

  13. I LOVE this post. And please keep talking about yoga – I would never have had the courage to start it if it wasn’t for your blog! I’m loving it and really feeling the benefit mentally even if not yet physically. I never realised quite all the different ways it’s good though so loved reading this! I hope it inspires others to take it up.

  14. I have to admit I’ve never done yoga before, but I would definitely like to change that! I never knew there were so many types of yoga, which sounds absolutely perfect because everyone likes a different type of workout. As I run a blog alongside my full-time job, I also love that it can be done at home and doesn’t necessarily take a lot of time!

  15. I’d love to give yoga a proper try in the New Year. I did get so far as to buy a yoga DVD a few years ago (Yoga for Dummies, I think it was) but I couldn’t get into it. I’d like to try it as I think it might help me with some of the things you mentioned. Another great post, Jenny. Thanks for sharing xx

  16. I had a go at Yoga a couple times, I was really surprised and shocked at how I could become a lot more flexible during yoga, as my body is so stiff and not flexible at all. I’m really bad with my exercise and fitness so I did find it very hard and found it hard to breathe, what puts me off! I even received a yoga book last Christmas but I’m yet to have a look at it. I know it’d benefit me massively, I just need to give it another shot. Thanks for also listing out the different types of yoga, I definitely want to start again with something less challenging! Xxx

  17. Yes!! I started doing Yoga earlier this year and found it worked wonders for my mental health. I’m already looking forward to Yoga with Adriene’s January Yoga challenge so I can get back into it properly in the new year! x

    Evie x | http://www.eviejayne.co.uk

  18. I’ve done yoga on and off for the past few years but I do really want to get back into it in 2020. I’m so bad at staying consistent with going to classes etc because of money and time but I’m hoping to do more at home and try to create a habit! Fab post x

  19. I never done yoga before but I’ve been inclined to check it out after my shoulder injury from the summer. I didn’t know there are different types of yoga, that makes it more adaptable to everyone❤️ I’m looking to get my body in shape and re-establish my flexibility. I think I’m gonna YouTube it today!

    Natonya | https://JustNatonya.wordpress.com

  20. Hi Jenny
    I love this! I too have been doing yoga more in 2019 but i still need to do more of it! I know i always feel better after a session so should definitely make it more of a permanent feature in 2020!! 😊
    So pleased it has helped you so much though xoxo

  21. I have never personally considered yoga (not at all graceful!) but my 9 year old really enjoys it. She gets stressed with a lot of things and it helps to relax her and stop her from throwing herself around all the time! Thank you for writing.