5 Amazing Things That Happen After Just a Month of Practicing Yoga

We live in an increasingly digital and unfocused world. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the torrent of information every day. Now, with almost everyone working at home, it's even easier to get distracted and fall into the internet rabbit hole.

Instead of checking Instagram or Facebook for the 10th time, maybe it would be a better idea to put your phone aside and practice some yoga? Yoga is a powerful way to calm your nervous system and energize yourself to greet the morning sun.

Staring at a screen has been shown to raise cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone released by our brain to help us act on instincts to cope with physical threats. Cortisol's release triggers physiological changes, such as spikes in blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate. In contrast, studies have shown that yoga can decrease cortisol's secretion and improve your overall health.

What about retraining your brain to focus again, rather than seeking constant stimulation? Many people are distracted and stressed out, making it harder to manage their lives. To find some quiet time for yourself in your often chaotic schedule, just try squeezing in 15 minutes of daily yoga practice!

Here are just a few of the most impressive benefits of yoga after only a month:

  1. Yoga helps you become more body aware and boost your mental health. Yoga is a great tool to improve your mental health without medication. Depression, sleep disorders, and other mental health conditions can all benefit from practicing yoga.
  2. You would notice a physical change. Stress and anxiety may leave your muscles and tissues tight, tired, and stuck. Yoga can help you build muscular strength and retrains your deep connective tissue.
  3. You may lose weight. Losing weight is not only about highly intensive exercises all the time. Stretching also can help you lose subcutaneous fat significantly.
  4. Yoga also helps reduce chronic pain. It's not a joke at all. I have a few friends that can't survive without practicing yoga. One of them has chronic pain in her lower back. She used to do physiotherapy every month; it did work. But with March lockdown, she couldn't continue. Constant chronic pain isn't something to mess around with. She decided to start practicing yoga, and she has found yoga to be a natural pain relief treatment! What a great reason to give it a try!
  5. If you want to become more creative, it may be time to roll out your mat. Deep breathing techniques can stimulate and increase your happy, calm brain waves and help you tap into a place of connection and creativity.

I would encourage everyone to introduce yoga into daily routines. It's one habit that may change you for the better.

To Shave or Not to Shave?

The norms are slowly changing. It's still quite rare to see a woman in public with facial hair and unshaved armpits. But recently, lots of anti-shaving movements have emerged that seem to be going mainstream. Women worldwide are asking themselves the same questions: "Why are we supposed to be perfectly hairless at all times. Why should we adhere to beauty standards imposed by social media to feel accepted"? Those movements are trying to encourage women to embrace their bodies and improve their self-worth.

Apart from anti-shaving movements, after quarantine, plenty of women have started shaving their faces! This "new-new skin-perfecting" technique, which is so-called "dermaplaning," has suddenly gained 'trending' status.

But what is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is the act of removing peach fuzz and dead skin cells from the face with a razor, leaving it softer and smoother. The question that immediately comes to mind is: does any woman nowadays really have time or even a subtle inclination to shave her entire face as men do? The answer is YES.

Let's do a little research on this subject. From a biological point of view, men and women are designed differently. The first evident distinction, among others, is the ability to grow a beard. In fact, men have more resilient skin with a higher density of collagen than women.

Secondly, shaving might exfoliate skin and apparently keep it soft, but if you're already using a facial cleansing brush or washcloth on your face, that's already severe scrubbing. Shaving may make your skin more sensitive and eventually cause skin damage, which might lead to skin aging. Moreover, face shaving can also cause ingrown hairs. So ladies, please, think twice before reaching for the razor!

And what about men? How common is it for them to shave bodies nowadays?

In reality, it's not as uncommon as you might think — the days when only women shaved their bodies have gone. Many men are prone to body shaving for various reasons, such as improving athletic performance and personal hygiene, avoiding unpleasant body odor, and, simply, because of aesthetic reasons. It is widespread for male body hair to be removed in the fitness world to improve performance and show off hard-earned muscles. Even though male body hair removal is nothing new, it's a well-known fact that even Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans were also passionate about man body shaving. These days young men are more inclined to undergo hair removal, including their back, neck, underarms, and sometimes even legs.

Anyway, it's totally up to you to shave or not to shave. Everyone has a right to make informed decisions and ask themselves why they do it.

Stay cool and healthy.