Top Reasons to Practice Yoga

September 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

Are you looking for a workout that’s easy to learn, requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body? Then yoga may be the right choice for you. It’s suitable for most adults of any age or physical condition.

Here are some benefits of yoga:

  1. Stress Relief. Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
  2. Better Breathing. Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breathes. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.
  3. Increased Strength and Flexibility. Using every muscle in the body, yoga helps to improve strength, flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains.
  4. Weight Management. Yoga can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well-being and self-esteem.
  5. Focus on the Present. Yoga helps to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.

Source: Yoga Health Foundation

Entry filed under: Exercise, Stress, To Your Health.

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