Yoga Journal did a study that indicated about 15 million Americans do yoga! Why is that? There are at least five reasons one of which that its effects happen almost immediately—always a worthy benefit from any workout.
Here are four other reasons so many practice this ancient art:
It Unifies the Body and Mind
For thousands of years, yogis have been saying that the mind and body are bound together. When one does something, it affects the other. It’s similar to fingers in a glove- when they move, the glove moves, when the glove moves your finger has to move. It’s this harmony of the body and mind that makes yoga so effective.
It Promotes Stress Release
When you’re stressed, cortisol and adrenalin are released. Sustained at high levels, these hormones can damage healthy muscle and bone, retard healing, slow down cell regeneration along with a whole host of other unpleasantries. Yoga reduces the adrenalin and cortisol levels in the body. This returns it to a more stress-free state.
It Improves Muscular Health
When you practice yoga, you muscular system becomes more elastic. It becomes stronger and less prone to be injured. You move better and feel more aligned with your own body.
It Can Be Done By Anyone!
That’s right! Whether you’re 300 or 90 pounds, you can do yoga. In fact, if you’re in a wheelchair you can do it. While it may look intimidating, especially for novices, it really is geared to what’s right for your body and your stage in life.
Give it a try!
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