The Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga has become increasingly popular over the last several decades. Some associate yoga with new age mysticism or the latest gym fad, but in reality yoga can naturally make you healthier and self-healing.

Yoga is an ancient practice that connects the body, mind, and spirit through poses, controlled breathing, and meditation. With regular practice and an experienced instructor, yoga can improve overall health and fitness, alleviate symptoms, assist in weight loss, and improve your mental and emotional well being.

According to Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, Californi, “The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body,”

There are many physical and mental benefits to yoga that can improve your overall health.

Dr. Nevins states, “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other physical benefits to yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Enhanced muscle strength and toning
  • Improved respiration
  • High levels of energy
  • Balanced metabolism
  • Weight loss
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Prevents injury

Yoga also produces a healthy mind by offering mental benefits. One of the major areas in life that yoga can help manage is stress. Stress can cause physical disruptions in our body such as, neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and the inability to concentrate. Yoga helps you manage these factors through coping skills, meditation, breathing techniques, and provides a positive attitude towards life.

“Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins.

Yoga practice helps maintain an overall balanced and productive lifestyle helping you achieve your daily goals.

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Sarah Bolhofner