It might look difficult, but once you start it could become part of your life.
We see them making poses that look like knots, acts of incredible balance and stretching exercises that leave us perplexed. Even though they look like super humans, they are not, they are practitioners of yoga.
Yoga’s purpose is to create strength and harmony in body and mind, and there are different kinds of yoga, teachers, instructors, and schools, but most of them include meditation, breathing exercises and postures that seek to exercise the flexibility of your muscles.
According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga is a wonderful practice for staying healthy, because it explores the body’s ability to heal itself.
Here are some of the proven benefits that the practice of yoga could offer to you:
- Increase your flexibility
- Improves your posture
- Builds Muscle strength
- Helps to handle your weight
- Improves your bone health
- Protects your spine
- Helps your cardio and circulatory health
- Protects your joints and cartilages
And we can add prevention to that list, because the self awareness benefit developed through the practice of yoga is also a great tool that can help with the early detection of physical problems.
Besides that, yoga can also help you to handle stress, thanks to the unique breathing and meditation techniques it offers. We all know that stress has terribly bad effects on our health, and a good way to stay positive, alert and stress-free is always welcome.
If you have never tried yoga, don’t worry! There are levels ranging from beginners to the expert yogis.
So, next time a friend invites to go to a yoga session, remember the benefits, breath deeply…and start a new healthy practice.