The Benefits of Yoga

Hey people with emotions,

Many don’t know how beneficial yoga can be to ones self. There are both physical benefits as well as emotional benefits. People wonder if yoga is considered a workout.

The answer is yes, yoga can be done as exercise because it stretches your muscles and increases your range of motion. It is not considered to be aerobic, but when yoga makes you sweat and burn calories, research shows it can be just as beneficial as aerobic exercise for improving your health and strength.

While I say this, many of you may not even know what yoga is. Yoga is a mind-body workout that strengthens and stretches while including deep breathing, meditation and relaxation. There are more than 100 different types of yoga, here are some more common examples:

  • Hatha Yoga: most common type of yoga, combines basic movements with breathing
  • Vinyasa Yoga: A series of poses that flow smoothly into one another (not to be confused with Tai Chi)
  • Power Yoga: Faster, higher intensity and builds muscle
  • Ashtanga Yoga: Series of poses combined with a special breathing technique
  • Bikram or “hot” Yoga: 26 challenging poses in a heated room
  • Lyengar Yoga: moves the body into proper alignment, uses props like chairs, straps, and blocks.

The physical benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Weight reduction
  • Lessens chronic pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Helps maintain a balanced metabolism
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Tones and strengthens muscles
  • Improved respiratory functions and energy
  • Allows for early detection of physical problems
  • Helps with protection from injuries

The emotional benefits of yoga include:

  • Mental clarity
  • Calmness
  • Can reduce insomnia
  • Increases body awareness
  • Develops coping skills
  • Centers attention
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Relieves chronic stress patterns
  • Helps reach a more positive outlook on life
  • Sharpens concentration

Dr Natalie Nevins, a certified yoga instructor and osteopathic family physician said “The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body.”

So if you ever need anything, We’re here to help. It’s just us.

References:

American Osteopathic Association. (n.d.). Benefits of Yoga. Retrieved from https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/

Uttamghosh. (2019, August 11). Importance of Yoga: Yoga for Physical and Mental Health. Retrieved from https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/importance-of-yoga-yoga-for-physical-and-mental-health/

Watson, S. (2019, December 8). Yoga: Benefits, Intensity Level, and More. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/a-z/yoga-workouts

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