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#yogaeverydamnday: 6 Undeniable Reasons You Should Do Yoga Every Day

There’s a reason #yogaeverydamnday is a popular yoga hashtag in social media. Eastern and Western medical experts and health practitioners agree that indeed, dedicating yourself to a daily yoga practice benefits your body on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

Besides working up a sweat and learning how to deepen your practice, a daily yoga practice offers a plethora of useful life lessons. Yoga can help to reduce stress and anxiety, all but eliminate physical pain, and help you better connect with other people.

Here Are 6 Ways a Daily Yoga Practice Benefits You:

1. Yoga is Dedication

“I don’t have time for yoga” is a common excuse in a modern society that glorifies the concept of having a busy and hectic lifestyle. But, a daily yoga practice doesn’t have to be a full 90-minute class! A daily yoga practice may look like 30 minutes one day, a 10-minute meditation another day, and perhaps 45 minutes the next.
The duration of time is less important than the dedication to showing up. Yoga gifts you time and space for yourself, and time and space to be more present with the people in your life. A daily practice opens up a sensation of spaciousness, and this spaciousness expands in direct correlation to your dedication.

2. Yoga is Self-Care

No matter what we have going on in our lives, self-care is non-negotiable. Reserving time to a daily yoga practice benefits yourself and is a clear statement that says “I am worthy.” Your yoga practice isn’t selfish – it isn’t any less important that the other dozen things on your to-do list.
In fact, taking time to nurture and nourish yourself ensures you have the energy and mindset to tackle whatever may show up in your world. Filling up your own cup, your own love tank, is essential to being able to show up for the other people and commitments in your life.

3. Yoga is Presence

We tend to move through our days on autopilot, always one step in the future or looking back into the past, instead of being firmly grounded in the here and now. Yoga is one of the most powerful ways to literally pull yourself into the present moment. Here, you find your breath, you find stillness, you find surrender, you find clarity, and you find yourself.
Stepping onto your mat is almost like stepping into the eye of the storm – a place where no matter what may be whirling about outside of you, you find a place of peace and gratitude for the simplicity of the present moment.


4. Yoga is Movement:

On a physical level, a daily yoga practice benefits the body. It aids digestion, increases strength and flexibility, tones muscles, creates limber joints, supports spinal health, and alleviates pain. Yoga has been proven to be a tremendous tool both for healing and prevention.
Keeping the body mobile is becoming even more important in a society that is increasingly sedentary. Movement can also help to boost endorphins and uplift our mood. A “yoga high” is a real thing, people!

5. Yoga is Grounding:

Yoga has the magical ability to lift us up while also grounding us down. Yoga connects us to primal elements within us, rooting us to the earth and to our bodies in an empowering way.
When we are grounded, we can move through life with clarity and purpose. We can make decisions with ease, and we can connect with our “gut feeling,” or our intuition. A daily yoga practice maintains this connection, strength, and resolution to walk your chosen path with dedication.

6. Yoga is Inspiration

There is an inherent beauty in the daily practice of yoga. It has a softness and grace that offers a journey through which we discover new things about ourselves and the world around us. Yoga inspires us to be better people, to follow the things that set our hearts on fire, and to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Yoga reminds us of our common nature and that we are, indeed, all connected. Whether we are in a yoga studio or in our own home, the power of the practice moves beyond borders and creates community. Yoga permeates our existence in the most beautiful of ways and reminds us of our infinite potential.

Have You Stepped On Your Mat Today?

Making the shift to incorporate a daily yoga practice into your life can feel daunting at first. Yet, once you begin to make the commitment and experience the benefits, it becomes easier by the day.
We are gifted 1,440 minutes every single day. Setting aside even 10 of these precious minutes can make a huge difference. Over a year, that equates to 5,000 minutes! Your time on the mat is your opportunity to check in, dive deeper, and spend time below the surface of the day-to-day chatter. Treasure these moments.

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Kelly Alexander

Kelly is a passionate writer, yoga teacher and raw/vegan chef who combines her love of writing with her forays into health and wellness. Kelly has traveled and worked extensively across the world in health resorts, detox centers, raw food restaurants and wellness retreats, sharing ways to live a vibrant, mindful, sustainable and inspiring lifestyle.

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