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Why You Really Need to Give in and Try Yoga

By Genevieve Cunningham

Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise out there. Many think of it as a new age, trendy workout, but its roots are ancient. Still, many people are hesitant to give it a try. Why? They’re afraid they won’t be flexible enough. They don’t like the thought of a slow pace. They don’t think it will work. While there are numerous excuses for skipping the yoga mat, there are even more reasons to give it a try. If you haven’t tried a class just yet, take a look at these three reasons to finally give in and give it a try.

It Will Challenge You Physically

Yoga is harder than you think. Many people think that it won’t give them a tough enough workout, but chances are good that if you join the right class, it will be incredibly challenging. Yoga requires constant use of your muscles, and probably in ways you’re not accustomed to. You’ll have to hold positions, rotate the body deeper, and push yourself to keep going even when you’re ready to lie on the mat and sleep. If you want a workout, yoga is a good place to start.

It Will Challenge You Mentally

The mental aspect of yoga may be even more difficult than the physical. The truth is that yoga is an incredible mental workout. It requires patience, quiet, and the ability to sit with your own thoughts and your own body. Many find this incredibly difficult, especially in the beginning. You may find your mind wander or even to curse the next stance. Just get on with it already! But after a while, many find that their patience improves and their mental anguish decreases. It’s a great way to keep yourself mentally well for years to come.

It Will Bring a Little Peace and Calm

Many people find that after the initial shock of yoga, they actually begin to feel a little more stress-free. Why? Maybe it’s because they learn to sit and be still. Maybe it’s because they learn deep breathing that can slow the heart rate or calm the nerves. Or maybe it’s a combination of all of it! Whatever the cause, a sense of calmness is a common benefit seen from yoga participants, and one that just about everyone could use in their everyday lives.

If you haven’t given yoga a try yet, it’s definitely time. It can help move your physical and mental well-being in the right direction. So grab some pants and a mat, kick off your shoes, and breathe deep to enhance your health for a lifetime.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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