The Benefits of Yoga
Safely stretching your muscles releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body.
Many poses such as downward dog, upward dog, and plank pose build upper body strength. The standing poses build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles.
Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength. With a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand “tall.”
Deepening and lengthening your breath stimulates the relaxation response.
5. Less stress, more calm
Some yoga styles use specific meditation techniques to quiet the constant “mind chatter” that often underlies stress.
6. Concentration and mood
Concentration and the ability to focus mentally are common benefits of yoga. The same is true with mood. It may help depression due to boosting oxygen levels to the brain. Yoga is also being studied as a therapy to relieve symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.
7. Heart benefits
Yoga lowers blood pressure and slows the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. It also boosts the immune system.
8. Effects on other medical conditions
Yoga relieves symptoms of asthma, back pain, and arthritis.
Taking an intense power yoga class in a heated room can provide an aerobic benefit. I recently tried the yoga center which offers multiple hot yoga classes. The room is heated, creating a sauna like atmosphere. This causes you to sweat even more, which detoxifies the body. You leave feeling refreshed and energized. I highly recommend it.
Angie Noble is a Master Stylist at Mode Salon