From increased strength to flexibility to heart health, we believe that Yoga should be included in your exercise routine. Here are our top 10 reasons for including these gentle but effective exercises in your daily life.
- Yoga improves your flexibility – Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. When you first start out, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. The great news is, if you stick with it, you’ll soon notice a gradual loosening of your joints and improved flexibility. You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear!
- Yoga builds core strength – your muscles become stronger, and your balance improves, which in turn, can improve conditions like arthritis and back pain. Yoga can even contribute to less fall risk in the elderly.
- Yoga betters your bone health – weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight, and some, like downward and upward-facing dog, help strengthen arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures.
- Yoga increases your blood flow – It gets your blood flowing. The relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet, and also gets more oxygen to your cells, which can be a huge health benefit.
- Yoga can aid heart health – Increasing your heart rate can be beneficial to your cardiovascular system which lowers your risk of heart attack.
- Yoga can improve mental health – studies have found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and found that the left prefrontal cortex showed heightened activity in meditators, a finding that has been correlated with greater levels of happiness and better immune function.