People often turn to Yoga for health and the preventative and therapeutic benefits it offers. The body and mind can be renewed by the stretching and deep breathing involved without having to risk injuries or to exacerbate an existing illness.
Here are a few of the incredible benefits that Yoga offers:
A misconception that people have about Yoga is that you have to be flexible to practice it. That’s not completely true – your muscles and joints will improve by leaps and bounds when you practice Yoga for health, that means that even people who are not flexible can practice yoga, and will get more flexible the more they practice it.
You may have certain areas of the body that you’d like to be more flexible, and there are certain poses that address specific body areas you have in mind. If you’re in a job where you sit too much or where certain muscles become taut, Yoga can target those groups of muscles and stretch them out.
If you think that only weight training can build muscles, you’re wrong. Yoga can help strengthen and build muscles by positioning your body in positions that make you support your muscles.
Rodney Yee, renowned Yoga expert and trainer says, “People always ask me, ‘Don’t you lift weights?’ and I say, ‘Yes, I lift my own body weight!” Yoga sculpts your muscles without trying. The toning and strengthening is a natural outcome of practicing Yoga.
Ease Back Pain
Dealing with back pain can be excruciating and incapacitating. The exercises of Yoga can help in a natural way and give you the relief you need. Many of us sit most of the day, which weakens the back and opens it up to injuries.
Restorative Yoga poses can counteract the damage that a sedentary life brings and make a big difference in the quality of your life. Beginner Yoga poses that are great to relieve back pain are Cat/Cow, Downward Dog and Spinal Twist.
Here’s a video from Adriene showing how to do the Downward Facing Dog Yoga Pose: