Reason #28: Yoga improves positive thinking

You are what you think - especially when it comes to your outlook on life. Everyone has good days and bad days, but wish you could stay positive no matter what? Look no further than your yoga mat!

That's right, numerous studies have shown that practicing yoga and meditation can positively influence your psychological well being. One study showed yoga was a strong predictor of psychological wellness in aging women. Another showed the connection between meditation and self-satisfaction and happiness.

How does it work?

First, ever hear of endorphins? We love those joyful chemicals released by your brain during exercise. They help relieve pain and create that "yoga high" you get after a strenuous workout. 

More significantly, studies have shown that coupling the physical aspects of yoga with the more inward focused aspects such as meditation create a deep, self-contemplative, reflective, and positive mental state. This is key to maintaining optimism, perspective, and patience when things get tough. This mental state is not easy to get to, but the more you practice, the easier it becomes.

Finally, yoga helps us create the time and space to consistently clear our minds of the stress and worry of the day. Each time we come to the mat, we create a blank slate that we can, with practice, fill with positive thoughts.  

So pull out your mat and let those good vibes flow!