Yoga: my everyday motivation for making an impact

Yoga beginnings

 

For years, my mom would tell me to do yoga and meditation for the sake of my health and well-being, but, I never listened. I used to believe that yoga was not beneficial and that it would do nothing for my body or mind until I took a go at it myself. 

I have always struggled with terrible back pain and started going to a chiropractor a couple of months ago to try and repair my back. My chiropractor told me that my spinal discs were starting to compress and in order to prevent my discs from compressing more, yoga was essential.

New changes

 

My first time doing yoga was way harder than I expected so I started out at a very beginning level with basic stretches. I had no idea the poses in yoga took a lot of strength and balance and yogi’s (a person who is proficient in yoga) made it look so easy. The great thing about yoga is that it’s for everyone regardless of your experience. There are also so many ways to access practicing yoga such as free youtube videos, downloading yoga apps, or attending yoga studios. 

Once I started applying yoga and meditation to my daily life, my back pain dramatically reduced, I felt way more relaxed and happy, became more flexible, stronger, and just felt healthier overall. In times of stress, I go to yoga and immediately after, I feel rejuvenated. I understand it’s going to be a continuous practice and I’ve loved reading about how beneficial it’s also been as a practice for other people. 

The effects of yoga

 

Yoga helps reduce anxiety levels and modulates the stress response system through breathing techniques. According to research by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “In a 2018 evaluation of 138 studies on the use of yoga in patients with various types of cancer (10,660 total participants), most of the studies found that yoga improved patients’ physical and psychological symptoms and quality of life.” That study alone provides so much insight into how beneficial yoga really is. 

 

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atlasGO and yoga

 

When I found out that atlasGO wasn’t just about running and biking, I wanted to use my love for yoga to help make an impact with a non-profit. I had no idea that through the app, you could time your yoga hours as a way to donate to a charity. When I’m tired and don’t really feel like exercising, the power of atlasGO pushes me to keep going as I know my work-out will benefit a community. atlasGO is a powerful motivator for my health, mind, and well-being. 

 

Michelle Andrews

Content Marketing Intern, atlasGO

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