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10 Reasons to Try Yoga.
1. Stress Relief: Stress is common for everybody. Excessive stress can be toxic to the body, the mind, and the immune system. Yoga reduces stress in the body by encouraging relaxation. Yoga can ease the symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma, and insomnia. Benefits also include lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and improved digestion.
2. Pain Relief: Yoga can ease pain? Yes it can! Studies have shown that practicing yoga and meditation reduced pain for such conditions as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension, as well as arthritis and back/neck pain.
3. Better Breathing: Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths, helping improve lung function, trigger the body's relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body. Ahhhhhh....
4. Flexibility: Stuck in a chair all day? Yoga can increase flexibility and mobility while reducing aches and pains. Yoga can also result in better posture and relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.
5. Increased Strength: Wanna skip the weights? Try lifting your own body weight in a yoga class. Yoga tones muscles all over your body, in balance with each other, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe.
6. Weight Management: Come on...everyone is doing it! Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self esteem.
7. Improved Circulation: Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body's cells. Go with the flow!
8. Cardiovascular Conditioning: Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
9. Focus: If you spend each day running in every different direction, yoga can help you focus on the present. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
10. Inner Peace: The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives, even if there were other reasons to begin a yoga practice. It's time to feel the OM!