here are many benefits to practicing yoga regularly. It will not only give you a stronger and better-looking body, it can also enhance your concentration and other mental abilities.
Most people think of yoga as being some strange form of exercise that requires you to turn yourself into a pretzel. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some types of yoga like Hatha yoga and Iyengar yoga focus most on perfect postures, and peculiar ones too, but others like Kundalini yoga are easy enough for anyone to do.
Some people also think they are too old for yoga. In most cases, however, yoga is low impact, with the exception of Ashtanga yoga and Bikram yoga styles, so you can get a good workout through yoga but contrary to most other fitness regimes, without gasping for air or even being out of breath.
Yoga is an excellent form of strength training, so it can be used as part of an overall exercise program that balances strength building with cardio exercise.
Although in most yoga exercises you are slowing down your breathing, and work at a relatively low heartbeat, you are still strengthening your inner organs, such as the heart as well. And since the heart is the most important muscle in the body, it’s good to learn safe ways of exercising, building overall strength and health, without having to do exercises where it feels like your heart is going to jump out of your chest.
If you have never tried yoga, you will soon learn (as soon as you put it to practice) that yoga is a different approach to building overall health and strength.
In addition to a stronger body, you will also gain a strong mind. Yoga requires concentration and mental focus in order to achieve the poses and hold them or practice the different kinds of breathing in yoga, which are known as pranayama.
Pranayama is a breath-control technique. In Sanskrit, pran means life and ayama means way. Pranayama can help you regulate your system, alter your mood and ensure longevity. These pranayamas are simple, but very effective tool for relaxation.
Good breathing can lead to less stress and anxiety and better overall health and vitality, which in turn can lead to better decision making and improved relationships.
Here’s a short video instruction from Ventuna Yoga on how to do the three most effective Pranayamas, or deep breathing exercises:
Other valuable benefits of yoga include:
- Delaying the aging process through effective detoxification of your body
- Decreasing fatigue
- Increasing energy throughout the day after your morning practice
- Boosting the metabolism to burn calories more efficiently
- Developing long lean muscle that can help maintain a healthy weight
- Improving the quality and duration of sleep
- Giving greater control over your body and mind
- Increasing body awareness, for better workouts
- Boosting self-confidence
- Offering greater relaxation and less stress in life
With so many benefits to yoga, what are you waiting for? Grab a towel and some DVDs or head off to an introductory yoga class in your neighborhood and learn first-hand just how beneficial yoga can be to body, mind and spirit.
And if you would like to learn more about the many health benefits of yoga, or, if you are a beginner and thinking about starting Yoga as your main practice or to supplement your current fitness program with Yoga as an additional exercising program, we invite you to download our report “Yoga for Beginners – Young or old, ill or in good health, Yoga can work for you!”
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