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Yoga is an all embracing exercise in mental wellness. Although its origin is in the Hindu religion, has to do with meditation and exercise, and is practiced by followers of the faith, regardless of one’s religion yoga is good for physical and mental strength. According to the University of John Hopkins Medicine there are nine benefits to yoga: –
- Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility
Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength.
- Yoga helps with back pain relief
Yoga is as good as basic stretching for easing pain and improving mobility in people with lower back pain. The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain.
- Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms
Gentle yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomfort of tender, swollen joints for people with arthritis.
- Yoga benefits heart health
Regular yoga practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts. Several of the factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight, can also be addressed through yoga.
- Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better
Research shows that a consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods
You may feel increased mental and physical energy, a boost in alertness and enthusiasm, and fewer negative feelings after getting into a routine of practicing yoga.
- Yoga helps manage stress
Scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep.
- Yoga connects you with a supportive community
Participating in yoga classes can ease loneliness and provide an environment for group healing and support. Even during one-on-one sessions loneliness is reduced as one is acknowledged as a unique individual, being listened to and participating in the creation of a personalised yoga play.
- Yoga promotes better self-care
Numerous scientific studies show yoga’s benefits in arthritis, osteopenia, balance issues, oncology, women’s health, chronic pain and other specialties.
Grab a yoga mat and do some stretching
Caution: Do not do any exercise you’re not comfortable with, think is difficult or dangerous. It’s also advisable before doing any physical exercise to get the approval of your doctor.
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