5 Health Benefits of Yoga

Looking for reasons to try yoga? From increased strength to flexibility to mental health, we have 5 benefits to rolling out the mat:

1. Improves Your flexibility

Improved flexibility is one of the most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. This brings with it improved posture, and you may even notice that aches and pains seem to disappear.

2. Builds Muscle Strength

Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility, so it’s a win-win!

3. Reduces Blood Pressure

If you’ve got high blood pressure, you might benefit from yoga. Research has shown that some yoga poses are associated with a drop in blood pressure, compared with simply lying on the couch.

4. Fights Depression

It’s common knowledge that exercise can make us feel happier, but one study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels. Your self-esteem can also be improved through yoga as you take a positive approach and realise your own worth.

5. Improves Your Breathing

Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient. Yoga has been shown to improve various measures of lung function, including the maximum volume of the breath and the efficiency of the exhalation.

These are just a few of the many benefits yoga has to offer. Get in touch to find out more or to book a session with us.

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