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The True Benefits of Yoga

By on July 6, 2015

The True Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is certainly not a new mode of exercise, but if you believe that all it does is stretch your muscles, you need to think again. This age-old method of exercise provides a wealth of benefits that make it a great consideration for anyone who want to get in shape, and live a healthier life. The following are some of the true benefits of yoga that make it a worthwhile choice for anyone.

Improved Strength and Flexibility

While it may seem as if yoga is nothing more than a few strange looking stretches, that is way off the mark. Yoga is about stretching, but it’s also about holding different positions for an extended amount of time. This requires serious muscle control, especially if you are holding them for the recommended 30 seconds or longer. Many yoga poses engage the entire core to maintain balance, which results in stronger muscles. Additionally, these poses are designed to stretch your muscles, which will lead to increased flexibility over time – and you will see this benefit even if you are decidedly stiff when you first start out.

Reduce Pain

While there are some horror stories where people have gotten injured doing yoga, this is often due to trying to over-stretch, or from moving too quickly. The reality is that performing yoga can actually help reduce chronic pain, especially in the lower back. While you will have to be careful not to cause more harm than good, if you work with a licensed instructor, you just might find that you can finally get rid of that insistent ache once and for all.


Increased Immunity

Recent studies have shown that yoga actually helps to boost overall immunity levels, helping you to stay healthier. This study showed that people who followed the stretching, breathing, and meditation common to yoga showed cellular changes that boosted immunity. This study pitted the yoga group against a group that listened to relaxing music while doing a nature walk. The cellular immunity boost was much higher in the yoga group.

Better Sleep

Insomnia sufferers may want to consider adding yoga to their exercise routine. Studies have shown that even two sessions of yoga per week provided better sleep for those suffering from insomnia. Additionally, another study showed that sleep quality was improved drastically in those who added a session every day for eight weeks. It is believed that the relaxation and meditation provided by the breathing exercises help to clear the mind, resulting in less anxiety overall.

Heart Disease Prevention

When performing the yoga postures, the body tends to increase circulation, helping to pump oxygenated blood throughout the body. This increase in oxygen rich blood can help decrease the risk of heart disease, helping to lower the risk of heart attack.

These are just a few of the real benefits of yoga. Whether you are considering a class, or you just want to see what all the hype is about, it just might be time for you to see just how beneficial this method of exercise can really be for the mind and body.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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