The first semester is already behind us and the exams are over. But everyone knows that being a university student is a tough work. On the one hand, there are presentations, exams, and usual uni workload; on the other, there we are, trying to maintain a social life, work at a part-time job and taking care of ourselves. It might be hard to find a sense of balance among these pressing responsibilities. However, yoga is one way that can help you manage the stress that results from having a lot of obligations. So why exactly is yoga good for students?
It might seem obvious, but one of the most popular reasons why people take up yoga is that it reduces stress. As mentioned before, pressure from private or academic life and financial stress factors all pile up and take a toll on your well-being. Reducing stress by taking just a few minutes to breathe deeply each day can genuinely help you at the beginning of your yoga journey.
Helps to Handle Disputes
If you’re living in a dorm room or a shared apartment, conflicts among the flatmates are sure to arise from time to time. Yoga can help you to reduce and resolve conflicts by giving you confidence and creating a sense of peace. Many students find that yoga helps with controlling emotions and increases the ability to deal with situations that are frustrating.
Many of those who practice yoga have an easier time concentrating. Practicing to achieve a quiet mind makes it easier to concentrate while reading, studying and sitting through lectures. The breathing techniques taught in yoga are also applicable to students when they need to focus.
Being a student involves a lot of sitting. You spend hours a day sitting in lectures, followed by hours of studying or hours on your feet working. Thus, yoga can help you to improve your posture and fight stubborn back pain that many of us suffer.
Yoga brings you flexibility, which helps you to increase strength and endurance in other athletic endeavors. Core strength is a great side effect of yoga that you will need when moving in and out of dorms and apartments during your university life.
Provides a New Community
Of course, you can do yoga at home on your own by following many available apps or YouTube channels. However, if you decide to join yoga classes, you will find a whole new community. The good part is that you will be sharing at least one interest with this new community! Moreover, participating in group classes is a great way to maintain your motivation.
Improves the Quality of Your Sleep
Sleeping well is very important for your immune system, as well as to get enough rest and focus during lectures. Certain yoga tricks, namely Savasana (basically lying on your back), teaches your body how to relax and cool down after a long day or a workout. Besides, you will learn how to breathe properly so that your body is able to relax fully. This will be beneficial whenever you want to sleep at night. You will be able to sleep deeper than before which increases the quality of your sleep.
But you must remember that the type of exercise program that works for another person might not be the same as the one that works for you. Trying out multiple types is a good way to choose which one you should make a part of your daily routine and never push yourself without learning how to do a pose properly otherwise you might injure yourself!