Recently, I’ve talked a little bit about how meditation and yoga are not mutually exclusive, however, that’s not to say that they must be practiced in conjunction. Many people meditate in a variety of different ways without ever doing anything even remotely close to yoga. Likewise, the world is full of yoga enthusiasts who are only interested in yoga as a form of physical exercise. However, there is a good reason why meditation and yoga are often practiced simultaneously: When you incorporate yoga into your meditation sessions, the benefits are incredible.
Obviously, increased flexibility is the first benefit you can expect to see from mixing yoga and meditation. Why is increased flexibility important? Well, being flexible helps make everyday activities much easier. Increased flexibility will also reduce your risk of pulling a muscle, which is something you really want to avoid at all costs — pulling a muscle is extremely painful and debilitating.
Yoga also increases blood flow and improves circulation. This is also important for a number of reasons. Having good circulation will help your body maintain and regulate its temperature more easily; it will help blood carry more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and brain; and it will also help flush toxins out of your body.
Increased Strength and Stamina
Who doesn’t want to be stronger and have more endurance? You never know when you might have to help a friend move, or carry a heavy bag of groceries for someone, etc… Being stronger is something that always comes in handy.
Increased Sense of Well-Being and Relaxation
Lastly, practicing yoga and meditation will give you an increased sense of well-being and relaxation You will feel at peace with your mind and with the world, and that is something we could all use more of in our lives. When you are calm and focused, you can succeed. When you are full of stress and anxiety, you will only make mistakes that lead to failure.
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