Benefits of yoga

Benefits of yoga

Yoga has been growing in popularity over the passed few years, and when you consider the its diversity, there is no surprise. From hot, cold, air, sports, prenatal, and acrobatic, there truly is something for everybody. Lately, even professional athletes are incorporating yoga into their work out regimens. But why all the hype?

Yoga is not a magic cure-all that some claim it to be but it has been shown to improve your physique, as well as your stress and fatigue levels. Practicing yoga on a regular basis can help with your physical and mental well-being through postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama) and meditation (dharana). In this article we introduce you to the top 5 benefits of yoga and why you might want to contact your local studio.

1- Yoga helps you reduce your stress levels and live a more serene lifestyle

            By taking the time to attend a yoga session (or at home), you are setting aside time to care for your wellbeing. As a result, you will learn to more appropriately respond to the stressors in your environment through the breathing and meditation exercises that are taught. In modern society, it has become increasingly difficult to devote oneself to an activity without interruption, but through the teachings of yoga, you will learn to modulate your thoughts resulting in increased focus and attention.

2- Yoga improves your breathing

In Yoga, mastery of breathing is fundamental. When we are stressed, our breathing becomes more jerky and we no longer fill our lungs to the appropriate capacity. As a result, our blood is less oxygenated, and this can influence our form and vitality. The practice of Yoga helps to strengthen your heart and lungs. All the while making you more able to breathe calmly in times of anxiety or tension.

3- Yoga gives you self-confidence

            Practicing Yoga allows you to discover and reveal your potential. You will explore everything your body and mind have to offer. Over time, and once you have mastered a variety of postures, you will feel increasingly comfortable, and more confident. By feeling stronger you will therefore be more ready to face the challenges of your daily life.

4- Yoga improves your concentration

            Yoga is a very good practice to improve your physical and mental concentration. Your mind must be 100% present in what you do. Yoga not only helps you to improve your concentration, but it also helps you to measure it.

5- Yoga strengthens your body and improves your flexibility

            By practicing yoga postures, you will also strengthen your muscles, including your deep muscles. This will make you physically stronger and also increase your flexibility. You will develop your agility and balance. Unlike practices such as weight training, Yoga offers you a gentle workout that produces less impact on your body while strengthening it over time.

            Yoga is a way of life and a complete physical activity for the mind and body. The practice of yoga provides its benefits by improving your body’s strength and flexibility but also by reducing stress and anxiety. Consult your family doctor to find out which forms of yoga are right for you. Hot yoga, for example, is very intense and is not recommended for everyone. Listen carefully to your body and do not exceed your limits.

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