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5 Reasons You Need to Start Yoga

Whatever your age or fitness level, yoga is a great way to challenge, strengthen, and relax your mind and body. Although the approaches and practices for yoga vary for every instructor, they all focus on promoting well-being.There are countless benefits to getting in touch with your inner yogi. Here are 5 to name a few:

1. Increased Flexibility

Perhaps the most obvious benefit to practicing yoga is increased flexibility. If you are not a particularly flexible person, yoga will challenge you. Through each class you’ll notice gradual loosening, and eventually, the tough poses will become easier. Flexibility is vital to our bodies because it helps strengthens muscles fibers, reduce pain, and stimulate the body by allowing your muscles to explore their full range.

2. Blood Flow

Yoga has been proven to increase blood flow in the body. Twisting poses wring out venous blood from internal organs. Once the twist is release it allows the blood to easily flow. Getting blood flowing in this way helps swelling in legs if you suffer from kidney or heart complications.

3. Helps You Relax

Slowing your breath, focusing on the present, and letting go of all stressors are all a part of practicing yoga. The techniques associated with yoga are perfect for relaxation. If you have a hectic schedule, or feel overwhelmed with life, setting aside weekly time for yoga could be highly beneficial for improving your mental health and peace of mind.

4. Improves Balance

Proprioception is the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space. When doing yoga your own proprioception is heightened. Strong focus and muscle control is essential in staying balance. These poses force you to use all the body’s available balancing mechanisms to stay upright.

5. Better Posture

If sitting slumped in a car or at a desk for long periods of time is a part of your daily routine, your posture may be negatively affected. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. Yoga can reverse those affects by straightening and elongating your body.

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