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How yoga can benefit you
✶ endurance and strength – vinyasa helps build muscle strength while improving general fitness because the poses are done is quick succession
✶ stability and balance – ashtanga based yoga significantly improves sense of balance, a 2015 study showed that for people with low vision that practiced ashtanga yoga had an improved balance and their fall risk reduced
✶ flexibility – Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga optimizes performance through the use of specific poses that target flexibility and balance, just from practicing 15-30 minutes each day!
✶ cardio work-out – the past paced and movements and dynamic poses of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga makes it an ideal light-intensity cardiovascular workout
✶ can reduce inflammation – Chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of pro-inflammatory diseases, such as heart diseases, diabetes and cancer. A 2015 study divided 218 participants into two groups: those who practiced yoga regularly and those who didn’t. Both groups then performed moderate and strenuous exercises to induce stress. At the end of the study, the individuals who practiced yoga had lower levels of inflammatory markers than those who didn’t.
✶ may relieve migraines – A 2007 study divided 72 patients with migraines into either a yoga therapy or self-care group for three months. Practicing yoga led to reductions in headache intensity, frequency and pain compared to the self-care group
Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. Lets take a look at the benefits yoga has on out mental health:
✶ decreases stress and anxiety – multiple studies have shown that yoga can decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone
✶ improves quality of life – yoga may help improve sleep quality, build confidence, enhance spiritual well-being, improve social function and reduce symptoms of depression
✶ may fight depression – studies show that yoga may have an anti-depressant effect and could help decrease depression symptoms, including lowering levels of cortisol and ACTH