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Becoming immersed into the yoga community through my yoga teacher training over the past few months I have learned so much about myself, my relationship with others, and how living a yoga lifestyle “off the mat” is so very important, especially in today’s chaotic, stress-filled world. So with that in mind, I would love to share with you a few benefits of Yoga.

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a disciplined Hindu exercise routine that focuses on breathing, posture, and mindfulness. The practice of yoga was initially founded in ancient India and is a part of Hindu religious practices. It has grown in popularity and is now practiced by a large population of people searching for health and mental peace.

The main goal of practicing yoga is to attain “moksha,” which means “liberation.” According to many yoga gurus, there are five main goals or elements of yoga.

These five main elements are:

  • Being disciplined toward attaining a goal
  • Controlling your body movements
  • Controlling your mind
  • Connecting with your spiritual self
  • Attaining the highest level of self-awareness

Yoga provides a lot of benefits to our body, health, and mind. Here are just a few of them. 

  1. It improves your body’s flexibility.

Yoga can help make you more flexible and agile, especially with regular practice yoga. This flexibility can help prevent injuries or strain and help relieve muscle and nerve pain. 

  1. It helps build muscle strength.

With regular practice, yoga can also help build muscle strength and tone. This strengthening of our muscles can also help protect us against pain and various diseases like arthritis. 

  1. It improves your posture.

Yoga can help improve your posture, preventing backaches and neck pains and strain. Young yoga practitioners have also reported an increase in height due to the improvement in their posture. A straight spine can balance your whole body much more easily than a spine that lacks good posture. Poor posture can cause your body to strain and cause you to feel lazy and tired. It also puts you at higher risk for degenerative arthritis of the spine.

  1. It improves the overall health of your bones.

Yoga can help improve your bone strength and health and prevent breaks or fractures.

  1. It regulates the circulation of your blood flow.

Regular yoga practice can help improve the circulation of your blood flow, especially in your feet and hands. This prevents your body from swelling or becoming inflamed. A healthy and regulated flow of blood in your body encourages overall better health. It also helps provide oxygen to your lungs and regulate the transfer of oxygen to your tissues by boosting the level of red blood cells and hemoglobin in your body. All of this can help reduce your risk of stroke and other forms of heart diseases and illnesses.

  1. It lowers stress levels.

Yoga brings you mental peace by helping you manage your stress levels through deep breathing exercises and practiced mindfulness.

  1. It helps maintain your blood pressure.

Regular yoga practice has been found to be very beneficial in maintaining your body’s blood pressure.

  1. It helps in regulating your adrenal glands.

Yoga can help lower your cortisol levels, helping to regulate the functioning of your adrenal glands. Healthy adrenal glands can help you in losing weight and maintaining overall health. 

Do you practice Yoga? What benefits have you seen?

I would love to hear from you. Let’s connect!

Melissa is a licensed school psychologist and multi-passionate wellness advocate with a deep devotion for empowering women who are wanting to create a lifelong healthy lifestyle. She founded Melissa Berg Wellness to share her journey and inspire others to focus on living their most healthiest self. Her mission is to create inspired connections by facilitating inclusive retreats and adventures to build community, share resources and foster mind, body and spiritual growth. Melissa works with you to take charge of your life and well-being through healthy nutrition, mindful practices and self-care to become the healer in your own home.   For more about Melissa, please visit her website: www.melissabergwellness.com 
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