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Why Yoga?

Updated: Dec 21, 2021


1. Improves stress management

Yoga can help to promote mental and physical relaxation, which helps with reducing tension and stress.


Try this: Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Lie down with your limbs gently stretched out, away from the body, with your palms facing up. Clear your mind while breathing deeply. Aim to hold the pose for 5 to 15 minutes


2. Improves quality of sleep

A consistent night yoga routine with a focus on breathing can help with improving your quality of sleep. The goal should be to focus your attention on your breathing, let your thoughts drift away and be present.


Try this: Legs Up the Wall

Sit sideways against a wall with your legs straight out in front of you. Gently lower your upper body to lie on the floor on your back facing the wall. At the same time, swing your legs straight up the wall, keeping your hamstrings and calves flat against the wall. Keep your feet relaxed and your arms comfortably resting at your sides, with your palms up.


3. Improves health

Yoga may help with improving heart health and reducing risk factors for heart disease. It was found that people who practiced yoga saw improvement across a few measures of health, including a reduction of blood pressure, lowered cholesterol levels, and weight loss.


Try this: Downward Dog Pose:

Get on all fours and tuck your toes under while bringing your sitting bones up, making a triangle shape with your body. Keep a slight bend in your knees, while lengthening your spine and tailbone.


4. Improves strength, balance and flexibility

Consistent practice will enhance the body’s strength, balance and flexibility. The slow movements and deep breathing present in Yoga will help to increase blood flow and warm up your muscles, while holding a pose for a prolonged period of time will aid in strength building.


Try this: Tree Pose

Balance on one foot, while holding the other foot to your calf or above the knee at a right angle. Try to focus on one spot in front of you, and aim to balance for one minute.


Sources:


https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2047487314562741


https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/9-benefits-of-yoga


https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/yoga-for-sleep





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