It’s June 21st, International Day of Yoga. Yoga has surged in popularity in recent years and it’s easy to see why. Let’s break down the stereotypes and learn how yoga can benefit anyone, regardless of age, gender, or body type.
Yoga involves lengthening the muscles through a series of postures. While going through these poses, special attention is paid to breathing, If you’ve been considering a yoga class but aren’t completely convinced of the benefit, read on to learn of the many ways yoga can improve both body and mind.
6 Ways a Yoga Class Can Benefit You
Benefit #1: Flexibility
While flexibility isn’t the primary focus of a yoga class, holding those poses will help make you more limber over time. Those who spend much of their day sitting will benefit the most. Yoga can increase flexibility in the areas of the body that tend to be tightest, such as the hips and hamstrings.
Benefit #2: Injury Prevention
There’s a reason more and more professional sports teams are incorporating yoga into their training and recovery programs. Yoga can improve the stability of tendons and ligaments, leaving us less susceptible to injury. Also, by becoming more connected to our body, we’re better able to assess and recognize any potential weakness or imbalance before an injury can occur.
Benefit #3: Detoxification
Skeptical? Don’t be. By triggering muscle contraction, yoga stimulates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for moving toxic sludge through the body for removal.
Benefit #4: Stress Reduction
Benefit #5: Less Heart Disease
Benefit #6: Stronger Bones
Research has demonstrated that yoga can increase bone mineral density. When practiced consistently, this can reduce the risk of falls and fractures associated with osteoporosis.
The Bottom Line
The goal of the International Day of Yoga is to get the word out about the many proven benefits of this ancient practice. Whether your goal is to heal an injury, lengthen your muscles, or become more mindful, a yoga class is a welcoming place for a wide-range of individuals. Yoga can be a foundational component of your natural mind-body wellness protocol. Find a class today.
Thank you as always for taking the time to read my article.
Yours in health, Sarah