Three Top Benefits of Yoga for Your Health

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. Yoga can hardly be called a trend. This is due to all those millions realizing all of the positive benefits of an ancient mind and body experience.

First, yoga has been shown to provide great physical benefits for your body. Yoga is great for those who are looking to increase their flexibility. It is widely known that the words yoga and stretching go hand in hand. Everyone should stretch regularly as part of a general fitness regime. Yoga stretches not only the muscles, but also the joints. Stretching is something that is not done for 5 minutes before another form of exercise.

Yoga also helps to prevent muscle soreness and promotes faster recovery between whatever training sessions you give it. Yogic stretching is like a constant battery charger. It loosens tight muscles, which tend to trap lactic acid, the waste product that accumulates in the muscle cells during other hard training sessions apart from yoga that you may like to partake in.

Secondly, yoga is also great for reducing stress. Yoga is great for relieving stress because in addition to the poses and breathing, it emphasizes a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Yoga also helps build stamina and strength which can help you cope better with the physical aspects of stress. It also helps to calm you physically and mentally. This helps to relieve the stress you may have built up through the day. It also emphasizes proper breathing methods. Generally we take short shallow breaths. The long deep breaths used in yoga promote relaxation by changing the carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Lastly, yoga can help promote a full, restful night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep is very important in helping the body and mind heal. This leaves you ready to cope better with stressors the next day. Adding visualization to your yoga exercises can make them even more relaxing and more effective at relieving stress. The concept is to visualize images that will guide your mood. If you think of sad things during your visualizations, you’ll become sadder. This also means that if your mind wanders to work and other stressors, you’ll become more stressed. By teaching yourself to concentrate on peaceful and relaxing images, you will help relive even more stress from your body.

Lastly, yoga is a natural way to learn good self discipline techniques. In truth, yoga requires a lot of self discipline to practice. Controlling your breathing, relearning a healthier posture, holding still, keeping quiet for meditation etc. These are all techniques that require focus and determination to accomplish. The results are astounding, even in children who practice yoga. Many studies have shown that many children who practice Yoga, especially those with problems such as ADHD, are able to concentrate for longer periods of time. Yoga practice can help children learn to focus their mind more effectively.

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