What are the Benefits of Yoga
|Yoga is popular for rejuvenating minds, bodies and spirits in today’s fast-paced society. Most traditional yoga styles don’t raise the heart rate high enough or long enough to be a substitute for cardio exercise, but yoga is a natural complement to both cardio and strength workouts.
Yoga can provide a deeper stretch than traditional stretching moves. With age and overuse, hips, hamstrings, ankles, knees and even feet need more attention and the gentle, low-impact yoga postures will help stretch and tone muscles, relieve muscular tension, increase elasticity, lubricate joints and keep ligaments healthy.
Enhances Flexibility and Cleanses the Mind
Not only does yoga enhance flexibility, it also teaches deep breathing techniques that calm and cleanse the body and mind. When paired with poses, yoga breathing techniques expand your lung capacity and improve the flow of energy within the body. This can improve circulation, help you gain strength, and build endurance.
Since yoga is also a stress fighter, practicing it naturally lowers cortisol levels and increases a sense of self-esteem.
What Does Yoga Mean to You?
Many people are attracted to yoga as a way to keep their bodies lean, supple and fit. Some try it in order to get relief from stiffness, pain and tension. If you are new to yoga, start slowly and take your time to learn the poses. Find out what yoga means to you this September, during National Yoga Month!