Every day, more and more people are discovering the benefits of yoga. From improved health to being more resilient in the face of all of life’s challenges, yoga classes have been shown to help the body and mind become stronger while allowing the individual to attain a more balanced and relaxed state of being. The benefits of yoga are expanding, and many scientific medical studies now prove the health benefits of breathing and asana (postures).
YOGA REDUCES STRESS
Yoga classes often include a combination of meditation and breathing. These meditation techniques help to quiet the busy mind while the deep breathing techniques focus the mind on the breath. Even beginners tend to feel less stressed and more relaxed after their first yoga class. Many yoga practitioners also find it helpful just knowing that they are taking time out of their day to do something for their well-being, body and mind.
YOGA INCREASES STRENGTH
A regular yoga practice has been shown to improve strength and increase endurance benefits. Certain postures focus on specific muscle groups like upper body, core, legs or back. Based on the sequence in a yoga class, all of the major muscle groups can be engaged while having a focus on a specific area. When practiced correctly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles, and burn calories while increasing cardiovascular health.
YOGA RELIEVES BACK & JOINT PAIN
Yoga is an effective way to safely stretch your muscles along with all of the soft tissues of your body (including ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles). This stretching releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use, causing stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. Yoga’s fluid movements allow swollen or otherwise painful joints to glide smoothly over one another, increasing mobility and strength without excess wear and tear. Studies conducted at Duke University Medical Center found that yoga is effective in the treatment of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
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