People all over the world choose yoga as their go-to fitness routine. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation.
While yoga may not be the right exercise for everyone, almost anyone can do it. When life seems to be pulling us every which way because of our many obligations, we need to find a way to relax and de-stress. Yoga can help you do just that.
Just in time for NATIONAL YOGA MONTH, here are three ways yoga improves your health and your life:
1. Stress Relief. To combat stress, many people turn to meditation, but they often do not realize that stress causes a physical response in the body that needs to be managed with exercise – that’s where yoga comes in.
A number of studies suggest that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. it can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being, improving your attitude throughout the day. It’s no surprise that over the years, yoga has become one of the primary therapies for stress-management.
2. Improved Fitness. Many people may have a negative outlook on yoga because they may not believe it has the ability to tone your body, giving you the results of Zumba or basic running. Wrong!
Yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. this can mean that you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities. And experienced yogis can be incredibly strong and extremely fit. Yoga can also be extremely difficult if you don’t know what you’re
doing. Practice wisely.
3. Chronic Conditions Management. To help reduce your risk of chronic diseases, many people turn to yoga. Several trials have found that yoga can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and resting heart rates along with heart disease.
While almost any exercise is good for the heart, experts have concluded that because of yoga’s meditative component, it may give you an extra boost. Practicing yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.
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