Yoga develops strength and flexibility
After a few sessions, you should start feeling the physical benefits of yoga. It’s a great workout yet gentle on the muscles, and you’ll feel your body strengthen and tone up as you have more sessions. As your body gets stronger, your mind will too; a healthy body is the root of a healthy mind.
Some people argue about whether you should practise yoga or go to the gym. After practising for years and trying all kinds of workouts, we like a weekly balance of yoga and fitness. They are two very different ways to work out, and while practising yoga doesn’t make your heart beat as fast as burpees do, the great thing is that you’re working all parts of your body at once, especially when doing a Vinyasa. All yoga postures require you to engage your core and glutes because you use them to stabilise your body. And in different inversions and arm balances, yoga allows you to raise your heartbeat and strengthen your muscles at the same time.
With time, you will also become more flexible, though it’s essential not to set unrealistic goals since what you’ll achieve will depend on your body capability. You probably won’t identify much change during the first few classes, but if you keep working, you’ll notice a gradual loosening and eventually, you’ll reach your goal, whether it’s touching your toes or doing a back bend.