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Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a phenomenal way to stay active or kickstart your fitness routine, but yoga is filled with many amazing benefits.

When I began practicing, I joined a class to get back into shape. For me, this was a comfortable transition and not intimidating. As my fitness routine became more regimented over time, I continued with yoga, finding a great benefit in some of the deep stretching. Yoga is complimentary to my fitness routine and continued to provide more benefits the longer I continued. Check out some of the many benefits below!

Yoga is not only a physical practice, but also creates a strong mind-body connection. Asana (movement) is only one eighth of what makes up yoga as a whole (breathing is also one eighth of yoga). Thus, yoga provides many mental as well as physical health benefits. Check out some of the many benefits below you could experience from a regular yoga practice:

Physical yoga benefits:

  • Increase in muscle mass and strength
  • Reduction of body fat percentage
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Better posture
  • Injury prevention
  • Improved blood flow
  • Increased bone density
  • Supported immunity function
  • Improved balance
  • Better sleep

Mental yoga benefits:

  • Improved mood
  • Relief of depression and anxiety
  • Lowered stress levels (cortisone)
  • Improved focus
  • Reduced pain symptoms
  • Improved ability to regulate emotions
  • Increased grey matter
  • Improved memory

Article by Emily Hershberger

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