14th October 2016 | Blog
5 benefits of yoga you probably didn’t know about.
Here at t plus we’re huge yoga fans. Hot yoga, acro yoga, ashtanga yoga. You name it, we’ve tried it. One of the members of team t plus has recently seen the light and began her own yoga journey which prompted her into doing a little digging into the many benefits of yoga. After sharing it with the rest of the team we were so amazed with the results and so thought it only fair that we share it with you lovely bunch as well. Most of us are probably aware of the basic benefits of yoga such as relaxation and improvement of flexibility and strength. But there’s so much more to it. We’ve picked out the top 5 benefits of yoga that you probably didn’t know about to give you even more of a reason to join (if you haven’t already).
Yoga helps you sleep better
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends seven to eight hours of sleep every night for healthy individuals. As much as we’d like to get this much sleep each night, life can sometimes get in the way. Work deadlines, bills to pay etc can cause us to feel super stressed preventing us from getting them all essential ZZZ’s. However, yoga could be the perfect solution. The calming and meditative aspect of yoga allows you to eliminate distractions and pull away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Yoga is thought to combat overstimulation which improves your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Yoga is good for your skin
This may sound like an odd one, but yoga can actually affect the health of your skin. It’s thought that the deep breathing techniques involved in yoga boosts the blood flow throughout the body, evidently nourishing the skin with the oxygen it needs to remain agile and healthy. Also, actively practicing yoga decreases the production of cortisol (a hormone released in the body in response to stress) which is typically known as a trigger of skin breakouts.
Yoga is good for the brain
The deep breathing exercises involved in yoga works wonders in terms of providing oxygen to your brain which helps you to think more clearly. It’s thought that this improved cognitive function reduces stress and can boost your focus and concentration enabling your brain to operate more efficiently.
Yoga boosts your immune system
Studies show that holding and changing out of different yoga positions boosts the levels of lymph (a bodily fluid that is rich in disease-fighting white blood cells). This means your body can naturally remove toxins, fights infections and dismantle potential dangerous cells. Finish that yoga session with a cup of t + immunitea and your immune system will be flying high!!
Yoga helps to prevent food cravings
As you may be aware, one of the main benefits of yoga is its emphasis on mindfulness and awareness through specialized breathing techniques. These techniques calm your mind and body which could potentially give you control over those nasty, impulsive cravings. Most food cravings pass after a short while so if you can practice some yoga-inspired breathing techniques during those enticing moments you may be able to avoid temptation.
There we have it, who knew yoga had so many super awesome benefits?! We finish off every yoga session with a vitamin infused cup of t plus and then we’re good to go for the rest of the day.
In aid of our yoga inspired blog post we’re running a little competition to give 2 lucky people the chance to win 2 free tickets to attend the OM Yoga show that we will be exhibiting at next weekend 21st-23rd October at Alexandra Palace in London. We’ll be rewarding 2 lucky winners with 2 tickets each and you will get the opportunity to attend the amazing event which is running over 3 days. You’ll get the chance to meet tonnes of other brands, sample lots of delish food/drink and also take part in various yoga and fitness workshops. To be in with a chance of getting the tickets, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title ‘Yoga’ and tell us why you love yoga, or if you havent got involved, why you want to.
We’ll pick 2 winners on Monday 17th October and send your tickets out then.