Studio Style. Insider Prices.
YOU'RE IN! GET YOUR REFERRAL DISCOUNT BY ENTERING YOUR EMAIL IN THE POPUP. ENTER CODE AT CHECKOUT.
GET 25% OFF YOUR FIRST MONTH'S MEMBERSHIP BY ENTERING YOUR CODE AT CHECKOUT.

What Happens to Your Body When You Start Doing Yoga?

Do you ever wonder what happens to your body after you start practicing yoga? For me, personally, I was drawn to yoga because I was looking for some relief from achy muscles, improving my flexibility, and increasing my lung capacity. When I first started yoga, I was also running long distances and my body needed more recovery than just doing a couple stretches. 

woman stretching

I started attending classes at my neighborhood yoga studio. Every week, I would attend these hot yoga classes (that's what I wanted at the time) and I felt my muscles from my head to my feet start to relax and open. I was working a day job and sitting at a computer for nine hours each day, which did a number on my neck, shoulders, hips and legs. I realized later — after I became a yoga instructor — that the opening and relaxation of my muscles was my body creating space for deeper flexibility. I actually posted a short video on some basic poses you can use to create flexibility in these areas in My Yoga Journey

Anyway, as time went on, I noticed I could touch my toes in a seated forward fold, my heels sunk a little closer to the ground in downward facing dog, and I could open my hips a little further in butterfly. So, you’re probably wondering, how does this work? The simple answer is that it takes time, patience and practice to loosen your muscles and deepen your flexibility in yoga positions. Doing these poses almost daily helped open my hips and hamstrings. The nerdy anatomy answer: my fascia was and still is remodeling itself. 

woman doing yoga

What does this mean exactly? Once I started practicing Yin yoga, I actually understood the answer to this question. When you hold folds and hip openers a little longer (about 3-5 minutes), your fascia (a.k.a the tissue that attaches, stabilizes and surrounds the muscle) starts to reshape itself. It leaves you with the feeling that your muscles are longer. Fascia is like a plasticy material in your body that takes its good ol’ time to lengthen and reshape depending on the yoga pose. Remember how I mentioned touching my toes in my seated forward fold? The fascia in my hamstrings started to remold itself, allowing me to fold further into a deeper stretch. Its also responsible for bringing my heels closer to the ground in downward dog. 

At the end of the day, yoga has helped me open my hips and hamstrings, which has taught me more about my body than I ever knew before. Developing my flexibility has allowed my recovery after half marathons to lessen solely from the little bit of practice I do each day. These spaces and openings I have created is what happened to my body when I started doing yoga.  So, what do you feel in your body when you do yoga?

About the Author

woman writer

Laura Bender has been practicing yoga since 2014. Her own practice has helped her grow stronger and more flexible, while teaching her the lessons of mindfulness and gratitude. As a yoga instructor, her students inspire her to shine from the heart and be open to her most authentic self. You can learn more about Laura on her website, LB Yogi, and Facebook page





Related Articles

Top 8 Matching Workout Sets that are Perfect for Your Next Yoga Session
Top 8 Matching Workout Sets that are Perfect for Your Next Yoga Session
We know that appearance isn’t everything when it comes to choosing activewear, but we’ll also be the first to say that when you like the clothes you’re wearing, it provides a big boost of confidenc...
Read More
Top 16 Casual Weekend Outfit Ideas to Impress
Top 16 Casual Weekend Outfit Ideas to Impress
From Monday to Friday, most of us aren’t thinking much about our outfits. It’s mostly a matter of waking up with the alarm (no snooze!), throwing on some clothes, and looking acceptable enough to m...
Read More
Top 18 Tips for How to Dress in Your 30s
Top 18 Tips for How to Dress in Your 30s
After ten years of fun and finding yourself, stepping into your thirties is a big deal. You’re a little older, a little wiser, and hopefully, with way more confidence than ever before. However, the...
Read More
Plus Size Clothing Subscription and Style for Curvy Women
Plus Size Clothing Subscription and Style for Curvy Women
It’s about time the fashion industry got on board with plus-size styles and clothes for curvy women. We’re happy to see that the stick-figure styles are a thing of the past, and more designers are ...
Read More
Modern Fashion Trends to Look Out for in 2021
Modern Fashion Trends to Look Out for in 2021
The most exciting part about fashion? It’s always on the move! Jump in a time machine to just a few years ago, and you’ll see a totally different fashion landscape from the one we’re in now. With t...
Read More
Female Fashion Advice: How to Look Great in Whatever You Wear
Female Fashion Advice: How to Look Great in Whatever You Wear
It only takes a few seconds of scrolling on social media or browsing the web to uncover endless articles and columns on female fashion advice. It’s a subject that’s always changing, evolving, and b...
Read More

BACK TO TOP