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4 Lessons that Yoga Teaches

By Paul Rothbart

Yoga is an ancient practice that many people still engage in today. It's excellent exercise for body and mind. It can improve flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. It also promotes inner peace and is good for mental health. Since the beginning, yoga has naturally incorporated several lessons that can have great benefits. Here are four good life lessons you learn by practicing yoga.


Although breathing is something we do every second from the moment we are born, it is most often a subconscious action. There is much to be gained by practicing mindful, deep breathing. This is at the core of yoga. By taking the breathing piece of yoga into the rest of your life, you can learn to calm yourself during stressful events. It's a good way to manage anxiety and prepare for challenges. You can also employ breathing to help hold your temper in check when those around you are aggravating.

Slow Your Pace

Life is often hectic and you find yourself racing along to get things done. This can cause stress and also make mistakes more likely. Yoga teaches you to slow down and live in the moment. You focus on what you are doing in the present. This can help you to relax and accomplish one task at a time. You can get through a to-do faster this way with less chance of having to do things over.

Listen to Your Body

The mind-body link is essential to health and happiness. Your body is constantly sending you messages. It is easy to overlook them or miss them altogether. Yoga teaches you to tune into your body and understand what it is telling you. This can help you to rest when you need to and eat when your body needs nourishment. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that you will know when you are injured and need to rest that body part and allow it to heal.

Meeting Challenges

Facing challenges at work or in your private life can be scary. But there are times you must. Yoga is a challenging discipline and it does take courage to try new poses. This can give you the confidence to take on whatever life throws at you. If you can perfect downward dog, you can complete that urgent project your boss threw on your desk. 

Life is often not the least bit easy. Learning to overcome its difficulties may seem almost impossible. But by practicing yoga, you can learn many lessons that may help you take on whatever life throws your way.

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