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5 Benefits of Adding Yoga to Your Fitness Routine

Published 18-Jan-2022
Written by Danielle Harrison

In recent years, yoga has gone from niche exercise, to global phenomenon. When day-to-day life gets hectic, fitness and wellness routines are often first to go. We are here to remind you that setting a few minutes aside while at home, or at a studio Like Western Wellness Yoga in Point Cook is always worth it.  Not to mention, the benefits are more than physical. They’re mental and emotional as well, especially with regular practice.

Let’s take a look at 5 benefits of yoga to bring you to and keep you on the mat.

1.      Yoga Improves Mental Health

Yoga is the perfect way to slow down for a while. Hit pause on the daily grind for as little as 10 minutes with a quick session. You’ll almost immediately notice your stress levels decrease. The effects last for quite a while too.  Why? Several poses (asanas) are meant to help reduce anxiety and decompress. Many yoga practitioners (yogis) say they feel calmer for hours after their practice. In addition, practicing daily may positively impact people suffering from depression.  The instructors at Western Wellness Yoga are trained to help you reconnect with your mind, body and spirit and can help you to improve your overall mental wellbeing.  

2.      Strengthen Your Immune System

When things get tough, our bodies produce stress hormones. In turn, these hormones reduce our levels of immunity. Yoga can also help your body’s immune system fend off sickness. How so? Regular practice may drastically increase circulation.  As a result, inflammation in the body and stress levels may decrease, leading to better health and less disease. The Yoga and Meditation classes offered at Western Wellness Yoga Use Pranayama techniques to help you strengthen your immune system, the techniques offered are easy to follow both in class and at home.

3.      Yoga Strengthens the Body

Want to become stronger? Yoga is an effective way to significantly build physical strength. In fact, some professional athletes incorporate yoga into their training regimens. The warrior pose series (virabhadrasana) is a great example of how yogis develop strength in the lower body. Similarly, arm balances, planks, and boat poses can help develop core and upper body power. The instructors at Western Wellness Yoga are trained to help you start where your body is at, so that you can increase your strength and flexibility safely.  


4.      Get More Energy

It’s well-documented that regular exercise can increase overall energy levels. A consistent yogic practice is no exception. While other types of training are more rigorous and fatigue-inducing, even the most demanding yoga sessions can be gentler. How exactly does yoga give you more energy? First, it helps release endorphins throughout the body, which leads to an energy boost. Next, by stretching and waking up the spine with inversion poses, backbends, and proper breathing, more oxygen goes into the blood, which eventually circulates to the brain.


5.      Sleep Better and Longer

When was the last time you woke up feeling well-rested? Most people understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. What many don’t know, is that yoga may improve not only how much you sleep, but how well you sleep. If you’re feeling restless before bedtime, do as the yogis do, it may be the solution. Yogis at almost every level can attest to sleeping more soundly, for longer periods of time, and consequently having less insomnia. The reasoning behind it is simple. If you’re feeling better mentally and physically, it translates to improved sleep.

Regardless of your reason for doing yoga, the benefits are plenty, from overall well-being to physical strength, and better sleep. Adding this type of exercise to your fitness routine can make a huge difference in your lifestyle. You’ll feel and possibly even look better too.


Western Wellness is a leader in helping absolute beginners to advanced yogis develop a yoga practice. Join our 14 day Yoga & Meditation trial here to find out more. https://www.westernwellness.com.au/yoga/trial

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