It seems as though every other time you log into your social media accounts, there is a new trend. Whether it is jeggings, ombre hair-dos, or a new exercise class, every one you know somehow got the memo at the same exact time. Unless you are in another country where such things are considered trivial, as I was that summer feather hair extensions where all the rage. And I will admit, when I stepped back on American soil and realized I was the only girl within a 3,000 mile radius who did not have feathers, I was a little distraught.

Yoga seems to have surpassed the fad stage, and moved permanently on to the timelessly cool stage. It only takes a matter of seconds browsing on Instagram or Pinterest to see someone, somewhere, talking about yoga or holding a yoga pose in front of a serene landscape. The reason yoga has become so loved is because everyone, and I mean everyone, can do it. There are various stages of difficulty classes; flow yoga, meditation yoga, breathing yoga, hot yoga, beach yoga, paddle board yoga, yoga for runners, inversion yoga, and the list goes on. There is a place for everyone and their mat in yoga.

Everyone has seen those yoga instructors with the incredible physiques and the perfectly toned bodies, and immediately put them on a fitness pedestal. It’s true, they are the epitome of fit, but they didn’t do anything that you couldn’t do yourself. Those sculpted instructors don’t have impeccable genes, they work hard and feed their body right. Starting a new fitness routine is always difficult, but the more you practice the easier it becomes. With time and consistency, yoga can help burn fat and increase lean muscle mass, paving the way for your best body ever.

The benefits of yoga stretch far beyond health-related issues.

Committing to yoga, whichever type you prefer, is also committing to slowing down your life for the moment and finding your own inner peace. Even if it only lasts for the 30, 60, or 90 minutes of class, you are still rebooting your mind and allowing yourself to have some much needed “you” time. Without making the conscious effort to take time to yourself once in a while, days, weeks, even months can go by, resulting in fatigue and a short temper. Jump start your day with an early morning of yoga, or end a long day with an evening of yoga. Whether you are a morning person or a night owl, squeezing in a round of yoga will leave you refreshed and revitalized.

The social aspect of yoga is a one-of-a-kind characteristic you likely won’t find anywhere else.

It’s funny how we yogis, old and new, have subconscious rules and regulations when attending a class. It is as if we can read the atmosphere and the energy being given off when we walk in and we instinctively know who would enjoy a conversation and who is there for solitude. And the best part is that both of these polar opposite groups of people can coincide in one room, only inches apart, and enjoy every minute of it.

Another great benefit, which should go without saying, is the wardrobe.

Comfortable and flattering are two words that do not belong together when it comes to fashion, unless you are living in the yoga world. The soft, tight yet loose, warm yet breezy, clothing that makes up yoga attire simply cannot be beat.

Whether you have been looking for a new addition to your workout, or you have been searching for stress and tension relief, look no further, yoga is the answer to all of your needs. If you have never attended a yoga class before, there is nothing to be afraid of or intimidated by. You do not have to commit to a long term obligation because many, if not all, yoga centers will offer you a free trial class to help you determine if it is something you want to invest in.

Another great option is to research various yoga clothing stores in your area who have begun offering free weekend classes to the public. This is a new trend that has caught on throughout the retail community and is the perfect opportunity to test out yoga and meet fellow beginner yogis.

Good luck and Namaste!

Micah Larsen

Micah is a traveling swim coach and personal trainer, depending on the season. She is also currently working on her Master of Science in Athletic Administration and Coaching. Micah loves to live an active lifestyle, whether she is competing in open water swims, running a road race, practicing yoga, or biking with her dogs. The main objective in her career is to... Read More

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