Who hasn’t heard of the expression “rise and shine!” at least once in their lifetime? It’s pretty much a good exhortation, but it isn’t as easy to do as it would seem to be. That’s one of the reasons that practicing Hatha Yoga stretches can do a world of good for you.
Energy Doesn’t Just Appear Magically
Picture yourself waking up. You don’t suddenly rise and go bouncing around like a pogo stick with a mind of its own, much less like a hyper pneumatic drill that’s rattling with energy, do you?
Nope, of course not. You need time to recover your faculties and fully wake-up. And even then, you can’t expect to have an optimum supply of energy already available to you. The point is, energy doesn’t appear on command or by magic. When we are tired, it’s not just a physical thing. Our minds and our spirits are also tired.
In general, that’s what makes it hard to “rise and shine!” even after getting a full night’s rest.
How Yoga Stretches Help
Yoga stretches prepare your body, mind, and spirit to face a new day, especially when stretching is done first thing in the morning. However, the stretches are also good at any time during the day, because the stretches can be done when you need:
- To increase the flow of oxygen and blood in your body to recover strength, to clear up your mind, and to get rid of the blahs or feelings that make you feel sad
- To improve mobility and flexibility, which is especially good when you’ve got sore muscles from overexerting on another activity
- To develop and recover equilibrium (mind, body, spirit), sharpen your focus, and improve your basic strength
Yoga stretches, when done properly, can make you achieve all of those goals.
It’s perfectly understandable if, at this point, you may be harboring some doubts or are even downright cynical about such claims. Like with most everything else that is new, it takes some time for key concepts and truths to settle down in our minds.
But we’re very confident about your success regarding this matter.
Just make sure that you read this guide from start and finish, and follow along with the demonstration videos on Hatha Yoga and eventually you’ll be able to see the quality of your life improve as you go along.
Access to the videos can be had by subscribing to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. Now that we’ve covered yoga stretches, let’s touch on important “yoga breathing benefits” and why it’s more than simply inhaling and exhaling.