Well-Being & Self Care

8 Reasons To Start Yoga in 2020

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!

96 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.

    1. That’s amazing so glad to hear it!

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  3. Nicole Grabner says:

    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.)

    1. The Yoga With Adriene 😌 She has plenty of yoga for beginners, also hands free Yoga too xxx

      1. Nicole Grabner says:

        Thank you! I’ll take a look at her YouTube channel!

  4. I commented in your 2020 post to consider yoga. Glad to read you are doing that.

    1. I’ve been doing yoga for around 4 years anyway 😌

  5. Reasons to continue yoga for the rest of my life!!

  6. 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

    1. If you need any recommendations of some short practices which you can easily make time for, let me know! xxx

  7. Kayleigh Zara says:

    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

    1. The only way to find out is to try! x

  8. I tried yoga a few months back for the first time and it was so so hard. But i think your right, i should keep going and just take it at my own pace

    1. Maybe you started with a practice that was too intense for a beginner? There’s some lovely slow gentle practices which would be perfect on the YWA channel!

  9. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

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

    1. Glad to hear that!

  10. katy gilroy says:

    Oh I definitely want to consider yoga now!! Never even tried it x

    1. Hope you do in the New Year x

  11. 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

    1. It’s good for just about everything! x

  12. I’ve been meaning to look in to it afresh again x

    1. Hope you do! x

  13. I love how enthusiastic and passionate you are about Yoga and that it has been really beneficial for you. 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. Thank you x

  14. I love my yoga practice, it calms me down so much!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  15. I really want to give Yoga a try early next year to see if it helps with my pain. What kind of thing did you do to help you? I’d love to learn from you! 😉

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. It depends what pain and what level you’re at – gimmie a DM on twitter and I can try and help 😌

  16. 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

    1. Yesss!! I’ll hold you to that!

      1. please do!!! :’)

  17. I really need to start getting into yoga again, definitely on my goal list for 2020! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Hope you manage it!

  18. I’ve always loved Yoga but Joshua thinks it’s a game and just climbs all over me haha I’m gonna start doing it in the evenings again next year xxx

    1. Awh what a cutie!

  19. I used to love Yoga! I really need to get back into it!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Hope you do! x

  20. I stop yogi recently just due to having no time. I don’t feel as awake or relaxed and my body feels all tight. Definitely starting again after Christmas x

    1. Hope you manage to find some time after Christmas! x

  21. 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!

    1. I’m so glad! Even 10 minutes a day can do wonders x

  22. I use to be pretty consistent with yoga last year, but I tapered off this past year. I hope that I’ll be able to pick it back up though int he new year because I’d really like to become more flexible.

    – Avalon from http://www.simplyavalon.com

    1. Hope you manage to! x

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