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3 Ways Yoga Can Change Your Body

By Genevieve Cunningham

Yoga is a really great exercise. It's adaptable. It's gentle. It can be done at any age. What's not to love about it? Still, many shy away from the practice. Maybe they think it's weird or too new age. Maybe they think it's only for certain body types. Maybe they're just scared to try something new. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains: Yoga is a great way to stay in shape. If you're among the many who haven't given yoga a fair shake, take a look at these encouraging ways in which yoga can change your body -- and health -- for the better.

It Builds Strength

Yoga is hard. It requires you to hold your own body weight in different positions. It requires your muscles to fire -- and then to stay that way. While this brings some struggle and pain, it also means that you're building massive strength. Those who regularly practice yoga often find their strength and overall stability improve -- building a healthier body and life overall. 

It Deepens Flexibility

Yoga asks your body to lengthen the muscles and improve flexibility. At first, this will be really hard. You may not be able to hold positions for very long at all. But over time, your flexibility will deepen and your range of motion will drastically improve. In everyday life, this will be more noticeable than you thought possible, making your body's comfort level and overall function better than ever. 

It Creates Calm

Yoga isn't just for the body. It's also for the mind. When we regularly participate in yoga, we create a sense of calm in our bodies. We have less chaos and frustrations. We're slower to anger. We're more capable of dealing with hard things. If this sounds like a good benefit, pick a class and slowly add it to your normal life.

Yoga is not just for hippies or women who look good in yoga pants. It's for everyone. It's for the very young and the very old and everyone in between. It's for all body types and genders. And it can bring these wonderful benefits into your life! Find a yoga class near you, give it a try, and experience all of the good that may come along with it. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

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