BY SEAM TEAM
Yoga has become extremely popular in recent years, and with good reason.
Yoga is simultaneously a form of exercise, a way to stretch and increase flexibility, and an excellent means of relaxation. If you haven’t yet, you should give yoga a try. Here are the eight big advantages of practicing yoga.
ONE – Yoga increases flexibility. Any good system of stretching will increase flexibility, and most yoga poses are specifically intended to improve flexibility. Being more flexible can make many everyday physical activities easier, and can help ward off many of the ill effects of aging as well.
TWO –Yoga improves balance. Many yoga poses specifically work towards improving your balance. Better balance is practically useful in everyday life — especially for older folks for whom falls can be extremely dangerous.
“Being more flexible can make many everyday physical activities easier, and can help ward off many of the ill effects of aging as well.”
THREE – Yoga relieves pain. Loosening and stretching out joints and muscles is a great way to find pain relief. Yoga can be particularly helpful to people with back pain, arthritis and other forms of chronic pain. Yoga can be especially useful since it offers a gentle way for people suffering from serious pain to get moving without triggering more pain.
FOUR – Yoga is good exercise. Yoga has many different forms, some of which are more intense than others. At the one extreme, a yoga session can be a demanding workout. At the other, the experience is gentle and relaxing. However, yoga always involves getting your body moving, which is what exercise is all about — and any level of exercise is beneficial for health.
“While yoga won’t exactly add strength the way weight training will, many yoga poses do require muscles to work hard.”
FIVE – Yoga increases strength. While yoga won’t exactly add strength the way weight training will, many yoga poses do require muscles to work hard. Yoga can be especially valuable for older folks or anyone else who is frail and lacking in strength.
SIX – Yoga relieves stress. These days, just about everyone needs a good way to relax and alleviate anxiety. Yoga offers a great way to do just that. Working through a series of yoga poses can create a sort of ritual practically designed to relieve stress and create calm. Yoga, like other forms of exercise, also results in the release of the brain chemicals associated with happy emotions, endorphins.
SEVEN – Yoga promotes better sleep. Anxiety and an inactive, sedentary lifestyle are connected with poor quality sleep. By lowering stress levels and providing good exercise, yoga will help you fall asleep and stay asleep at night.
EIGHT – Yoga is accessible. Many forms of exercise appear complicated, stressful and demanding. In contrast, yoga is very friendly to beginners. You don’t have to be in excellent shape to practice yoga, nor do you have to be young. Almost everyone can do yoga.
Clearly, yoga has earned its popularity. If any of the benefits described above sound valuable to you, giving yoga a try would be a great idea. SEAM