Why You Should Do Yoga

 By Neon Teng | Published on June 22, 2022

Why You Should Do Yoga

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a thousand-year-old discipline that hails from India and it integrates spiritual and mental teaching together to form a type of exercise that promotes the unification of mind and body. There are several types of yoga but most of them revolve around the practice of movement, breathing techniques, and meditation to promote healthier well-being.

What are the Benefits?

Increased Flexibility and Strength

Firstly, yoga improves flexibility by stretching your muscles into poses to increase your range of motion. These Slow movements with deep breathing exercises build strength by helping increase blood flow to warm up the muscle and engage them while holding a pose. 

Reduced Anxiety and Better Quality Sleep

Moreover, yoga can helps enhance mind-body unification and this allows you to better handle your mental wellbeing. This is because yoga focuses on breathing techniques that help lower stress levels in the mind and promotes relaxation. It offers a better quality of sleep partial due to the aftereffect of exercise But more importantly the mental relaxation obtained from performing yoga 

Promotes Better Postures

Many yoga poses engage the core that builds strength, this helps with spinal alignment and developing a strong healthy back. You will be able to also catch yourself slouching more easily and adjust yourself.

How to Get Started

Like in all skills, the best way to learn is by doing it. You could try signing up for classes around your neighborhood. Alternatively, you could do some research online and watch free tutorial videos online.

Here are some beginner poses you could try to get you more familiar with yoga. 

  1. Mountain Pose – the foundation of poses that teaches awareness and balance.
  2.  Cat & Cow Pose  – A great exercise for a tight back.
  3. Downward-Facing Dog – Stretches your back, shoulders, arms, and hamstring  
  4. Warrior I & Warrior II – Both poses that allow you to train your concentration,  breathing, and balance.
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