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Why yoga is the best new year resolution for normal people who want to stay healthy

As the calendar flips to a new year, countless people across the region will be embarking on a quest for self-improvement.

yoga is something you can keep up because it's not too easy, not to hard.

Resolutions are made, goals are set, but how many of us truly find a practice that not only transforms our bodies but also nourishes our minds?

This New Year, I urge you to consider making yoga your resolution of choice, a decision that has the potential to revolutionise your life in very subtle ways you may not have anticipated.

I, too, found myself at a crossroads not long ago, dissatisfied with my physical well-being and searching for a sustainable solution. I hate running quite passionately, I don't have time to cycle all that often and with two very young children the team sports I used to enjoy aren't practical at this stage of my life.

Little did I know that the ancient practice of yoga would become my compass, guiding me toward not only shedding a little bit of my excess weight but also fostering a holistic sense of well-being.

One of the most remarkable aspects of yoga is its versatility. Whether you are a seasoned fitness enthusiast or a complete novice, there is a yoga practice suitable for you.

It combines relaxation with difficult toning exercises that make you significantly stronger than you were before. You can do as little or as much as you like because it's about listening to your body - and that is definitely absent in other fitness routines.

Beyond the physical benefits, yoga offers a unique opportunity for mental and emotional growth. In a world that is constantly demanding our attention and energy, the practice of mindfulness embedded in yoga becomes a sanctuary for tranquility. Through breath control and meditation, practitioners learn to cultivate a sense of presence that extends far beyond the confines of the yoga mat. I'm not amazing at this side of yoga and treat the practice more like a series of strength and conditioning exercises but some people swear by its spiritual aspects.

But my personal journey with yoga has illuminated the profound connection between mind and body. I haven't lost massive amounts of weight but I am stronger and more toned, and as I got physically stronger, finding the positions easier, I began to appreciate the psychological benefits of yoga a bit more. The best lesson it teaches in my view is this: By persisting through the discomfort and learning to find balance, you discover a resilience that extends beyond the yoga mat - or your lounge.

In a world that often glorifies extreme fitness trends and crash diets, yoga stands out as a sustainable and realistic approach to well-being. Its transformative power lies not only in physical fitness but in the profound impact it has on mental and emotional health. As we stand on the precipice of a new year, let's resolve to prioritise our well-being in a way that transcends fleeting fads and superficial goals. Yoga is, after all, something you can do every day - even if it's only for 10-20 minutes.

So, why should yoga be your New Year's resolution? Because it's more than a workout—it's a sustainable journey towards holistic wellness. As you step onto the mat, you're not just committing to physical fitness; you're embracing a lifestyle that nurtures your body, mind, and spirit.

In the tapestry of New Year's resolutions, let yoga be the thread that weaves together the best version of yourself in the coming year.