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How Does Yoga Make You Feel? Relaxed, Energized, And More

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Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that promotes a healthier mind and body. But how can stretching achieve so much? The truth is that Yoga is more than simply stretching. It’s an intentional practice that shifts the mind’s focus on the inner self while releasing the energies in your body.

The benefits of Yoga vary; different people walk away with different outcomes. These outcomes are primarily positive (as long as you haven’t overextended yourself) and encompass feelings of joy, excitement, energy, and so on. 

Why does Yoga make you feel the way it does? This article will explore the effects of Yoga on the mind and body.

Relaxed & Calm

You will feel more relaxed and calm when you perform the perfect pose, follow through with a comfortable position, and concentrate on meditative breathing exercises. Much of Yoga encourages one to focus on deep breathing. These intentional inhales and exhales prompt your nervous system into a “rest and digest” mode. 

Upon activating a parasympathetic response in the brain, you’ll find you’ve reached a state of calmness, similar to activities like taking a hot bath or drinking your favorite tea.

Yoga can impact the Vagus nerve (the nerve in your brain that can drive or relax you), promoting calmness.

Energized

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Regularly practicing Yoga will leave many feeling energized and ready to take on their days. Increased mental and physical energy is a common side effect of a Yoga regimen. Mentally, you’ll feel more awake and aware, but joy also accompanies these beneficial feelings of euphoria.

Physically, you’ll feel more in tune with your body. Not only does Yoga help you limber up, but the exercise also makes you more aware of how each body part feels and can tune your balance and fine motor skills.

Try a few of your favorite poses if you’re feeling a little sluggish. Combined with a deep breathing exercise, you can make way for more energy and joy.

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Confident

There’s nothing quite like pushing your mind and body to the limits and overcoming an obstacle. When you see you’ve completed the perfect Warrior II pose, your brain relays positive feelings like confidence.

Whether doing a ten-minute Yoga session or an hour-long course, anyone can achieve a feeling of accomplishment. Like submitting a project at work or turning in a test, finishing a Yoga routine is a completed task that adds to your achievements for the day and boosts your confidence.

Relieved

Getting up and moving, in general, is an excellent way to relieve physical pain. Fortunately, Yoga offers something for everyone, even those suffering from chronic pain and ailments.

Yoga is the first step toward recovery from chronic back pain. Deep stretches combined with intentional breathing can release tense muscles and reshift your focus from discomfort to productivity. Improved mobility and feelings of calm and relaxation are positive side effects of a good Yoga regimen.

As opposed to other workouts, you can choose poses that make you feel better. The Child’s and Cat-Cow poses are ideal for beginners and people with limited mobility, while those who want to do deep stretches can perform more strenuous poses.

Improved Mental Clarity

Yoga isn’t just for your physical well-being. It also helps you enter a state of calm meditation. If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious, take a few minutes to clear your mind by doing a few poses.

For example, when doing the Warrior pose, focus on deep inhales as you raise your arms above your head. Then, concentrate on your exhales as you extend your legs and stare at a focal point.

Yoga can help you tune into your mind and inner self. Redirecting your thoughts away from negative feelings and emotions is the perfect way to achieve mental clarity.

Euphoric

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Many Yogis feel a sense of euphoric joy after a Yoga session. This sense of glee comes from increased GABA levels in the brain. While low GABA levels contribute to anxiety, stress, and depression, increased levels can reduce these negative feelings.

Although the correlation between GABA levels and a regular Yoga routine is in the research phase, many people report feeling better mentally and getting better sleep. Buzzes or highs after Yoga are familiar for people who do at least 60 minutes of poses daily. An hour a day can be challenging to achieve, but the lasting effects of a session can carry you into a more positive, happy, and euphoric state.

Weak & Drained

Yoga is a great way to re-energize, decompress, and clear the mind. But some Yogis report adverse side effects too. Over-extending your muscles, pushing yourself too hard, or exhausting yourself can be commonplace if you aren’t caring for your body and mind.

If you join a Yoga class that’s a bit too advanced for your current capabilities, you may experience muscle fatigue and shakiness. These adverse effects are more prone to affect those who aren’t quite ready to tackle harder poses or poses that last longer.

Although Yoga is typically low-impact, you may experience dizziness, shakiness, or exhaustion if you aren’t staying hydrated and pushing your limits too far.

Productive

Another incredible feeling you may experience after a Yoga session is a feeling of productivity. Upon accomplishing a great workout, you may feel inspired to do more. But Yoga goes beyond simply completing a task. When you experience pain relief, reduced stress, and mental clarity, you’re more likely to make room for more accomplishments.

Taking charge of your health (mental and physical) allows you to charge at tasks head-on and teaches you to reach for more accomplishments throughout the day.

Enjoy The Relaxation & Calm Yoga Offers

There’s a reason people have practiced Yoga for over five centuries. Focusing on one’s inner self, drowning out the world around them, and releasing negative energies and emotions, are all a part of what you can achieve with a regular Yoga regimen.

Just be sure you don’t overextend yourself or reach beyond your tangible limitations.

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