Top Ten Reasons To Try Yoga - (Yoga
STRESS RELIEF: Yoga reduces the physical
effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to
lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits
include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and
boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such
as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.
PAIN RELIEF: Yoga can ease pain. Studies
have demonstrated that practicing yoga
(postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for
such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and
as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some
that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.
BETTER BREATHING: Yoga teaches people to
take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to
lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the
available to the body.
FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps to improve
flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement
reducing aches and pains. Many people can’t touch their toes during
their first yoga
Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the
muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible.
Yoga also helps to
body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back,
INCREASED STRENGTH: Yoga asanas (postures)
use every muscle in the body, helping to
strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures
strengthen the body,
also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Yoga (even less vigorous
styles) can aid weight control efforts by
the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing
encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well
IMPROVED CIRCULATION: Yoga helps to improve
circulation and, as a result of various
more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING: Even gentle
yoga practice can provide cardio-
benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and
uptake during exercise.
FOCUS ON THE PRESENT: Yoga helps us to
focus on the present, to become more aware
to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved
reaction time and memory.
INNER PEACE: The meditative aspects of yoga
help many to reach a deeper, more
and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice
have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential