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Walk in to any yoga class, and you'll be greeted with a melodious, entrancing hum of ‘Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.’ This enrapturing sound has the power to transport you to a different world altogether, erasing all your worries and stress of the day away, and swaying you into its soothing and enveloping cocoon as it gently lulls you into a sense of wholeness of well-being.
It is this power of yoga that has propelled it on the path of popularity. Once, a humble, primeval exercise known and practiced by only a select few, yoga has now gained worldwide fame and has transformed into a glamorous, therapeutic regime that even the hottest stars of Hollywood swear by.
If facts and figures are anything to go by, according to SeattleYogaNews.com currently 36.7 million people practice yoga in the US alone, a destination quite far from its country of origin. In fact, the prediction is that 80 million Americans (34% of the total population) will in all likelihood take up yoga in the coming 12 months. The statistics for the rest of the world are not far behind.
So, why yoga, one might ask? Yet again, we’ll take the help of statistics to answer this question. YogaJournal.com states that the numero uno reason for taking up yoga was wellness. A sense of peace and calm and better health came in a close second and third on the list. But there’s one more reason that is not talked about. A reason that most people don’t even realize can be the driving force behind taking yoga classes.
Before we spill the beans, we’d suggest you take a chair and read this sitting down (we’re just concerned, you know).
Well, the reason is…
YOGA CAN HELP YOU SAVE MONEY!
Yes, you read that right. Yoga is not only good for the mind, body, and soul; it’s good for your pockets too! At least what’s inside it anyway. When you read the eight ways yoga helps you keep all your money in your wallet that we've disclosed over here, we bet you'll be tempted to start practicing yoga today (that is, if you haven't already).
1. Yoga dramatically cuts down your medical bills
This one is a no-brainer. After all, you’re getting into yoga for this very purpose – to improve your health and be fitter than you were yesterday each day. Yoga steadies your heartbeat, helps in reducing stress and related disorders, aids in the elimination of toxins from your body and gives you a better posture and balance. But that’s not all. It can help you save anywhere between $640 and $25000 in medical bills each year.
According to research published in the journal named Plos One, people who were into yoga were 43% less likely to make use of their healthcare than those who weren't. The study analyzed the effects of yoga on 17000 people for 4 years. Out of them, 4500 people were enrolled in a yoga program. The study found that these people could save $2360 every year in emergency room visits. Need we say more?
2. Yoga can make your holiday more affordable
An average American spends a total of $581 and $3251 (according to ValuePenguin.com) per person on domestic and international holiday trips respectively. These costs include expenditure on alcohol, entertainment, food and the like. Sounds quite a bit of an amount, doesn't it? But you can make some savings on your trip if you opt to go for a wellness retreat at one of the hot yoga destinations that have sprung up the world over. At quite a few such vacations spots, lodgings and food are mostly free. The advantage of opting for such a holiday is that you not only get to de-stress in the lap of nature (since most of these spots are in scenic places), but you also save the money spent on greasy food and alcohol. Now that's a win-win we'll say.
3. Yoga can prevent you from spending on speeding tickets
You are most likely to cross the speed limit while driving when you're stressed out, resulting in hefty fines that can go up to a $150 (source: The Auto Insurance) and even higher depending on where you live. In fact, in America alone, 41 million speeding tickets are given out each year, with over a 100,000 people being fined every day. As we said, stress is the culprit behind this common felony. But when you practice yoga on a daily basis, your stress levels reduce drastically, resulting in fewer speeding incidents and consequently less spending on fines and other similar expenses. So you can expect to save up on library fines, late payment of fee fines and more as yoga also boosts your memory, thereby preventing you from forgetting to pay them.
4. Yoga decreases the size of your shopping bills
Did you know that on an average, women own a minimum of 30 outfits, one for each day of the month? Way back in the 1930s, this figure, was just a total of 9 pairs of clothing each, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not to say that women are the only ones who splurge on clothes, men do too and you can expect a typical American family with middle-class income to spend $2000 (source: Census Bureau) on clothes each year. To surprise you even further, women alone spend $125,000 in their entire lifetime on shopping alone, and this number is expected to touch the $200,000 mark. The study that came up with these startling numbers was carried out by the banks Capital One and ING Direct. Fascination with or a general love for clothes is not the only cause behind this. Changing sizes play a bit part too, and all of us renovate a huge chunk of our wardrobe when the inches pile up on our waist. Yoga, though, can help you keep fit, bring about weight loss and even keep your size constant so your need to shop witnesses a reduction.
5. Yoga prevents you from splurging on binge-eating
Binge eating again is linked to stress, anxiety and depression (and also to poor eating habits in general). The rationale behind this is that there is a constant need to feel fulfilled and happy when you’re down, and material things, whether in the form of food or anything else, seem to satisfy that desire and fill that emptiness you feel. Getting deeper into yoga can quell these desires, and prevent you from giving in to such unhealthy habits. This means that the average amount you spend on chocolates ($56.8/person in the US - source: Euromonitor) and ice cream ($54.04/person in the US - source: Statista.com) can be reduced by a lot. And need we say about the related expenses you'd be saving up on? Binge-eating is not exactly healthy which means frequent visits to the doctor, which you can cut out on just by practicing yoga. Not only that, yoga is also a great way to eliminate vices such as excessive smoking and drinking from your life, and the expenses that are associated with it.
6. Yoga reduces your expenditure on chemical cosmetics
The central focus of yoga lies in connecting your energy with that of nature’s. It promotes a natural way of living and takes you as far away from chemicals as possible, whether its medicines, cosmetics or even ordinary toiletries. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll soon find yourself looking for natural alternatives to your cosmetics and perfumes. After all, you don’t want to put any more chemicals in your body, especially when you’ve worked so hard to get rid of them. Can you imagine the money you’ll save up as a result? According to beauty blogger Calle from xoVain.com, if you were just to add up your expenses only on makeup (excluding makeup tools, brushes, straightening and curling irons, parlor visits, etc.), you spend approximately a whopping $421.9 on just chemical cosmetics alone such as foundation, primer, body washes, dry shampoos, etc. And this is a recurring cost! Turning to natural options such as castor oil or coconut oil and the like for your beauty need is more economical in the long run.
7. Yoga means zero money spent on gym
Remember the time when you excitedly enrolled yourself into a gym in a bid to stay fit and then never ever went there even a single time? That was $58 per month (according to a paper a titled “Paying Not To Go The Gym” published on Berkeley.edu) down the drain with no fruitful results whatsoever. You probably stopped going when you realized that you cannot do more than half the exercises taught by your trainer at home since you didn't have the necessary equipment. And getting them would be spending another $130 (source: survey conducted by the National Endowment of the Arts), so you just gave up on staying fit. But yoga can present itself as a cheap alternative. While you can argue that yoga classes are expensive ($12 per session according to fitness.costhelper.com) but it’s completely DIY and something you can learn at home with the help of a friend or online video tutorials which practically makes it free of cost.
8. Yoga leads to conservation of resources and thereby reduced spending
One of the principle values of yoga is ‘ahimsa,’ which is Sanskrit for non-violence and non-harm to anything on this planet, whether its fuel and other resources such as paper (which comes from cutting trees) or even the slaughtering of animal for the purpose of consumption. In fact, SeatleYogaNews.com mentions that practitioners of yoga are twice as likely to purchase organic food as those who can be regarded as non-practitioners. That means your average food bill which is roughly $550 per month (source: Consumer Expenditure Survey) will face a decrease in total amount due to less money spent on animal and animal products. And since you’re less likely to use other resources such as fuel or paper, there will be more cuts in the amount you spend on daily objects too.
When the benefits of something are so great, it’s wise to make it a part of your life and enjoy the perks that it offers. Yoga can change your life for the better in more ways than one, and the best part is that for a small investment (that of your time), the payoffs are just simply great. So it’s time to get the yoga mat and bring your inner yogi out. As the Britishers would say, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.’