Yoga 101


Created over 5,000 years ago in India, yoga was developed as a practice to unite the body and the mind. While there are a variety of types of yoga that have been adapted over time, all yoga styles help balance the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga can be used for meditation purposes but is also a great way to stretch.


While yoga makes you strong and more flexible, it is a great way to also stay limber and boost your energy. Yoga also helps individuals feel more focused and alert and function better in their daily lives. Yoga is also known to help improve poor circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, limited mobility, headaches, and many more daily ailments. If you are not completely sold on adding yoga to your fitness routine, below are more reasons to give it a shot.


Stress Relief

Yoga is the perfect physical activity to help relieve stress. Studies have shown that the practice of yoga can help reduce stress levels and help lower blood pressure. Yoga can even help individuals who suffer from mental health issues find relief. It’s thought that yoga’s ability to relieve stress comes from its ability to help lessen the activity of proteins that play a key role in inflammation.


Great Workout

While yoga isn’t high intensity, cardio filled workout; it is one of the best ways to incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine. Yoga is also a healthy way to lose weight especially for those who are middle-aged.


Strength Training

Yoga is one of the only physical exercises that help engage multiple muscle groups during a session. From your core to your arms, everything is engaged! Adding yoga to your everyday fitness routine is a great way to try something different but also drop the weights while still getting some strength training in.


Flexibility

If you claim to be slightly klutzy, yoga can help improve your balance and muscle flexibility! As a beginner, still getting your yoga legs, poses can be modified until you become a more seasoned pro. The more yoga sessions you attend, the more flexible you will start to become. Once you start practicing yoga, the body helps create permanent changes in the fascia which helps binds your muscles together, and over time helps you become more flexible.


Sleep

If you have trouble sleeping at night, yoga is the perfect physical activity to help you sleep without having to take a sleep aid! Studies have shown that the practice of yoga helps people who have insomnia. Not only is yoga a calming activity, but it helps relax your brain and prep it for rest.


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