Health Benefits of Yoga

There are many types of yoga, or yoga-inspired classes you can take that have real physical benefits to your health. Give yourself time to develop the skill of the poses and moves, and have the patience to see the benefits unfold as you incorporate a regular practice into your routine.

  1. Improve Flexibility

Improving your flexibility is probably the most well accepted benefit of yoga. Over time, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and moves you once thought were impossible may become easier. In fact, you may notice that aches and pains start to go away. Loosening up your muscles and connective tissue helps you improve alignment which can alleviate pain and improve posture.

  1. Build Muscle Strength

Moving your body weight through yoga poses is a fantastic way to strength train. Strong muscles are more than just for looks; they help us with everyday tasks as well as our athletic endeavors Building strength through yoga is a great complement to the benefit of flexibility as it helps you move through full range of motion.

  1. Align Posture

Computer work, being on your phone, and driving are all everyday tasks that can hinder your posture. Poor posture can lead to back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. Yoga poses help move those muscles and joints into alignment by building on strength and flexibility over time.

  1. Prevent Cartilage/ Joint Damage & Improve Bone Health

During yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This type of movement can help your joints receive “fresh nutrients” and help them from wearing out. In addition, research shows that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and can help helps ward off osteoporosis.

  1. Protect Spine Health

Backbends, forward bends, and twists help keep spinal disks healthy. They are the shock absorbers in between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves and they need movement to give them a flow of much needed nutrients.

  1. Increase Blood Flow

Yoga gets your blood flowing and can help circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which helps your body function better as a result.

  1. Raise Your Heart Rate

Some yoga styles, such as fitness yoga or PiYO can get your heart rate into the aerobic range. But studies show that even yoga exercises that don’t get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular conditioning by lowering the resting heart rate and increasing overall endurance.

  1. Become Focused

Yoga is a great way to focus on the present and decrease stress. In fact, researchers have found that regular practice can improve coordination, reaction time, and memory.

  1. Improve Balance

Regular yoga practice can increase both proprioception (which is another term for spatial awareness) and improve balance.

  1. Breathe Easier

Yoga can improve lung functionality, such as the maximum volume of the breath and efficiency of exhalation. Breathing through the nose, a common technique taught in yoga classes, filters and humidifies the air, and can remove pollen and dirt.

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