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Yoga has been practiced for centuries but in spite of its age, the scientific benefit it gives remains young. It is known all over the world as a way to achieve peace, serenity and a balanced well-being. Because most people perceive it as a low impact exercise that focus more on the meditation side, some do not see the benefits this practice have not just in the mind but also in the body.

If you are not convinced that yoga is a great exercise for your body as well as your mind, check out the list below to see what it does to one’s body.

  1. Flexibility

This is perhaps one, if not the most, obvious benefit anyone could get from practicing yoga. Though it may not be that way in the first few classes, being persistent with the yoga poses would soon reap its rewards. As you continue, you’ll soon be able to reach your toes, do a backbend and even balance on a handstand. Not only that, the pains and aches you feel as you do your poses soon disappear. That is because your tight muscles have loosened up with constant practice and you are able to do more difficult poses.

  1. Builds strength in muscles

The constant impact in your body helps build muscles that make you look fitter and better. Not only that, the strength found in your muscles prevents you from developing problems in your back and joints such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.

  1. Improves bone health

Some yoga poses entail bearing weights – your weight to be exact and this helps strengthen one’s bones and keeps problems such as osteoporosis at bay. Not only that, some studies have shown that constant practice have resulted to increased bone density in one’s vertebrae.

  1. Improve blood circulation

Some exercises of yoga encourage relaxation that helps to keep the blood flowing in your veins. Because of the breathing that accompanies in each exercise, this workout helps increase the flow of oxygen to your cells. This ensures that cells in your body are healthy. Poses that require being upside down such as the headstand, handstand and shoulderstand are beneficial in letting the blood from the lower extremities of the body to flow back into the heart.

  1. Increase heart rate

Some yoga poses in the Ashtanga form or yoga helps increase heart rate because of how it is done, which helps boost metabolism and decrease the chances of one having heart attack.

  1. Improves posture

With all the stretching and balancing one does in yoga, it’s impossible that one’s posture would not improve with constant practice. When one’s posture is correct, it decreases the risk of having neck, muscle and joint injuries and strain. Poor posture invites back pain and strained body parts, which are not very comfortable.

  1. Relieve stress

Because yoga is not just about the body but also the mind, a few minutes of doing yoga poses are already helpful in relieving and ridding the mind of stress. The meditation part of each exercise helps one release worries and concerns and encourages focus and peace to anyone.


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7 Benefits of Practicing Yoga