The Many Benefits of Yoga

September is National Yoga Month! We want to take this opportunity to draw awareness to the benefits of yoga.

Yoga is great way to improve overall health! Let’s see how –

Yoga improves strength, balance, and flexibility:

A yoga practice consists of a pattern of movements. These movements are designed to stretch and elongate the muscles. By holding these poses, your body develops strength.

Yoga can be used to treat back pain:

The spine is at the core of everything that we do! It’s no wonder that back pain can often be debilitating. The CDC reports that 25% of adults suffer from lower back pain. The good news, that yoga can help! The American Collage of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain.

Yoga benefits heart health:

Many types of yoga can increase heart rate – making it a great cardiovascular option! A consistent yoga practice may also reduce stress, weight, and blood pressure – all of which contribute to a healthy heart!

Yoga improves sleep:

If you struggle with sleep, give some pre-bedtime yoga a shot. The gentle movements, and deep breathing can ease the body, preparing it for a great night’s sleep!

Yoga can improve mood and increase energy:

Who doesn’t want to be in a better mood, with more energy? Yoga can give you both! Deep breathing and movement releases endorphins. Endorphins, also known as the “feel good” hormone, put us into a better mood and increase energy.

If yoga is not already a part of your wellness routine, give it a shot! Check out a local yoga studio, class at your gym, or simply pull up a beginners yoga YouTube!