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4 Reasons You Need Yoga in Your Life

By Virginia Laird

Although the majority of those who love to exercise imagine a high-intensity class, there are some classes which can benefit overall health and fitness while utilizing low-intensity and impact. Yoga is an exercise class which is different than most workouts. Rather than being a fast-paced class, it utilizes poses and stretches to tone and strengthen the muscles. I will admit it took me several attempts at this class to love it, but it was well worth the challenge. As a lover of high-intensity classes, yoga offered something totally different than anything I had previously experienced, and yetI found it quite relaxing. There is nothing like the peace of exercising meditation skills while feeling the burn throughout the muscles of the body. A few reasons you should include yoga as part of your workout routine include:

  • Yoga drastically decreases stress
  • Yoga increases flexibility
  • Yoga improves posture
  • Yoga can improve mental health

Yoga Drastically Decreases Stress

Yoga teaches the skill of meditation, which evidence has long determined can reduce stress. Because meditation is a way to clear the mind of the all the clutter of the day, those who regularly do so find it easier to release stress. If you are looking for a way to reduce some stress in your life, it may be time to give yoga a try.

Yoga Increases Flexibility

Many participants of yoga have reported an increase in their flexibility. Although some may not understand the importance of maintaining good flexibility, research suggests as the body ages that this aspect of fitness can help prevent injury.

Yoga Improves Posture

Research suggests that good posture is linked to good overall health. It can be difficult to improve posture, as the posture many use is not correct. The poses and stretches which yoga utilizes can help to train the muscles, which can assist in improving posture.

Yoga Can Improve Mental Health

Mental health is increasingly a topic of discussion for many. It has become ever vital to take care of our health physically as well as mentally. Yoga offers the opportunity to participants to accomplish both. Along with stretches and poses, yoga uses meditation. This has been proven to help improve mental health.

As you can see, there are a host of benefits to be gained by spending a little time each week participating in yoga class. Fitness gurus suggest that exercise as little as 30 minutes, three to four times each week, can have dramatic impacts on health. Check you local gym for the most convenient yoga class.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midlothian, Va.

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