Benefits of Yoga

August 20th, 2020
A woman sitting in a yoga pose during sunrise on a beach

Yoga is a mind and body practice with a history going back 5,000 years in ancient Indian philosophy. There are many styles of yoga that combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. In the modern day, yoga is a common exercise with options for beginners and experts alike. In yoga, you will be challenged, delighted and humbled all at the same time while strengthening both the mind and the body. While poses may look easy, yoga will have you sweating in no time. Yoga is loved by many due to being equal parts exercise and mindful focusing. If you haven’t tried it, you may be missing out. Yoga has an endless amount of benefits. Check out the top 5 below.

Improves Quality of Sleep

Sleep is crucial to overall good health and well being. But most of us just don’t get enough of it.

Many who practice yoga find an improvement in both the quality and quantity of sleep. It can even help with insomnia. This is achieved through yoga’s ability to reduce stress and provide a good, physical workout. 

Improves Mental Health

These days stress is at an all time high. Yoga is a welcome escape from pandemic anxiety and  the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Just 10 minutes of Yoga a day can be enough to de-stress and calm your mind for a better outlook on your day. Regular yoga practice has been proven effective in lowering the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Increases Energy

Yoga, like most exercise, can increase your daily energy levels. Unlike more intense forms of exercise that can drain you, yoga tends to be a more gentle way of getting the blood pumping and will release endorphins in the body which increase energy levels for the rest of the day. Backbends and inversion poses can be especially energizing because they stretch and awaken the spine while increasing oxygenated blood flow to the brain.

Increases Flexibility

Tired of that stiff, achy feeling in your limbs? Stretching is the key. Many exercise programs neglect the importance of a good stretch. Stretching the body is core to practicing Yoga and regularly stretching those muscles make them feel more flexible again.

Builds Strength

Yoga is a great example of an effective bodyweight exercise that can build strength. Most adults have 125 pounds or more of body weight that when positioned in various yoga poses can be used to build strength. 

If you haven’t tried yoga, the benefits above make it worth a shot! 

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