In an ideal world, we would all have endless time to spend on our yoga practice. This, of course, is not that world. When life gets hectic, yoga is often the first thing we let fall to the wayside. But the fact of the matter is, the crazier life gets, the more you need your practice.
If you can relate to any of these signs—especially the ones that have to do with stress—you definitely need more yoga in your life. So roll out that mat and get to your practice, pronto!
1. You Have Zero Patience
Life is full of things that test your patience: traffic jams, websites that load slowly, your co-worker who tells long-winded, pointless stories. If everything in your life seems to take too damn long, you probably need some yoga.
2. You Can’t Fall Asleep at Night
Don’t bother counting sheep. Just do some relaxing restorative yoga before bed.
3. You Can’t Stay Asleep at Night
Nothing is worse than going to bed early, only to wake up at 2 a.m….and then 3 a.m….and then again at 4 a.m. A Practicing yoga during the day, or even right before bed, can help you get a more restful night’s sleep.
4. You’re tired. All. The. Time.
If coffee isn’t doing it for you anymore, try an energizing morning sequence instead. You’ll get a boost of energy without the caffeine crash!
5. You’re Irritable AF
If this panda embodies your mood right now, stop what you’re doing and do some yoga right this minute.
6. You’re Feeling Super Indecisive
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Pizza or tacos? Chocolate or vanilla? Netflix or Hulu? If these questions leave you with paralyzing indecision, it’s time to get on the mat and get back in touch with yourself.
7. Two Words: Mood Swings
One minute you’re happy. The next minute you’re sad. The minute after that, a sappy TV commercial makes you cry. So many feelings, so little time. Get on the mat and find some inner peace.
8. Your Coping Habits Suck
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Yeah, wine is great. But relying on unhealthy habits like overeating, compulsive shopping, or drinking too much is only going to hurt you in the long run. A yoga habit is a much better way to cope with stress.
9. Your Posture is the Worst
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Slouching can cause chronic neck and back pain, and the worst part is, the longer you have poor posture, the harder it is to correct. Yoga helps strengthen and lengthen the muscles in your neck and back so you can sit up straight—and pain-free—for life.
10. You Have So Many Aches and Pains
Speaking of chronic neck and back pain, yoga is a great way to improve flexibility in your spine and ease muscle soreness from head to toe.
11. You can’t keep away from the junk food
It’s fine to Treat Yo’ Self. But if you find yourself compulsively overeating, it’s time to practice some mindfulness on the mat.
12. Your Anxiety is Through the Roof
Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your body. Thank god for yoga, which has been proven to lower stress, reduce anxiety, and lower cortisol levels to keep you happy and healthy.
13. You’re Pretty Sure You Don’t Have Time for Yoga
Guess what? You do have time for yoga, even if it’s just fifteen minutes before bed or when you wake up in the morning. Carving out a little bit of time for your practice will make you feel so much better.14. You Have No Idea Where You’re Going in Life
14. You Have No Idea Where You’re Going in Life
Whether you’re 15 or 50, you will inevitably have moments where you question everything your life. Explore those feelings on your yoga mat—your practice will help you find your way.
15. Your Sex Drive is Pretty Low
Ups and downs in your sex life are totally normal. But if you want to increase your libido, or just spice things up, yoga is a fantastic way to take things to the next level in the bedroom.
16. You Don’t Feel Good About Yourself
Low self-esteem is something we all struggle with at one point or another. Yoga is a great way to build confidence, especially if you practice daily. You’ll feel great about how quickly you improve!
17. You’re Happy, and You Want to Stay That Way!
Yoga isn’t just for the hard times in life! A solid practice will teach you to get in touch with your sense of gratitude and cultivate even greater joy. Happy practicing!
How do you know when it’s time to get back on the mat? Make sure to share this with your friends who need yoga in their lives right now!
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