The Wellness Benefits of Yoga
By Sara Butler
Some people are intimidated by yoga because they’re worried their flexibility, or lack thereof, will limit the results they can get from regular practice. Well, it’s time to understand that the benefits of yoga to your health go far beyond breathing and bending. Here are a few of the benefits you can reap by regularly practicing yoga -- no matter how flexible you are!
It Builds Strength
It stands to reason that if you’re not very flexible, a consistent yoga practice will help you become so. The strengthening poses and measured movements of yoga will also make you stronger, especially as you get older. For older people, it can help you to avoid falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fall-related injuries are the No. 1 reason adults visit the emergency room. Strengthening your body through yoga can help you avoid this injury and improve your quality of life.
It Expands Balance
Speaking of avoiding falls, another great thing about yoga is how it works to improve your balance. The postures practiced in yoga help to build up the muscles that help you keep your balance as well as improve your body awareness. Remember, as you get older, staying sedentary will only degrade your sense of balance, so yoga is the perfect way to counteract that.
It Improves Your Mood
The combination of movement, breathing, and meditation practiced through yoga helps to create a greater sense of well-being. Studies have shown the regular practice of yoga helps to reduce anxiety and improve your mood better than other forms of exercise.
It Helps You Maintain a Healthy Weight
Yoga may not be a high-impact cardio workout, but it still counts as an exercise that can help you to maintain a healthy weight. Plus, the way it enhances your concentration will help to shift your focus to wellness, helping you to make better choices at mealtime.
It Boosts Energy Levels
Breathing as you move your body into different yoga poses helps to raise your awareness and helps the flow of energy throughout your body. That means your body can work optimally and you may find you have a renewed feeling of energy.
To begin practicing yoga, all you need to do is show up! Find a program that is a good fit for your age and ability and begin a journey to a healthier you!
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