|The history of yoga can be traced back to ancient times in India (around 5,000 years ago!) which makes it an enduring form of exercise for the mind and body. The practice of yoga has persisted through the years and has made it's way into mainstream health and fitness practices of the present.
Interestingly, yogajournal.com shares that hatha yoga, which refers to the physical aspects of this practice, "was developed as a vehicle for meditation [and] prepared the body, particularly the nervous system, for stillness, creating the necessary physical strength and stamina that allowed the mind to remain calm".
With this knowledge in mind, it's easy to see that practicing yoga can have positive and beneficial outcomes on both your physical and emotional well-being. This article will explore ten health benefits of yoga in particular. As you read, consider how being a yogi (a male who practices yoga) or yogini (a female who practices yoga) has benefited you personally and share your experiences in the comment section following this article.
If you have yet to practice the discipline of yoga, I hope you consider how trying out this discipline could provide you with a space to enhance your holistic health and well-being. Perhaps you will make yoga part of your own self-care routine, with the mantra from the world's oldest yoga instructor, Tao Porchon-Lynch, who states:
"When you wake up every morning say 'this is going to be the best day of my life' and it will be."
10 Health Benefits of Yoga
1. Improves flexibility
Pro tip: Check out yogajournal.com's selection of yoga poses that can help you with your flexibility in a safe and effective way.
2. Straightens posture
3. Improves emotional well-being
Pro tip: Add a drop or two of essential oil, such as lavender, to the end of your yoga mat to increase your happiness levels and decrease stress as you're practicing your downward dog.
4. Maintains focus
5. Reduces pain
Pro tip: Ensure you're hydrating before practicing yoga and maintain your hydration throughout your yoga practice by taking small sips in between poses.
6. Maintains your nervous system
7. Boosts immune system
8. Reduces stress
Pro tip: Listen to a Mindfulness-inspired Podcast during your yoga sessions for an added element of relaxation to your practice.
9. Increases self-esteem
10. Builds self-awareness
There are way too many health benefits to list in one blog post.. listen to WedMD's video for even more health benefits from practicing yoga. Pretty incredible!
Also check out this great article about yoga + kids:
10 Proven Benefits of Yoga for your Kids
I have always enjoyed yoga and I always knew that it was beneficial for both the mind and body but after doing my research for this article, I am very surprised at just how many health benefits there really are. This article really just scratches the surface of all of the amazing wellness benefits that yoga can offer. I challenge you to do your own research to find out more, or better yet, grab your yoga mat and start practicing!
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References: yogajournal.com, webmd.com, healthandfitnesstravel.com, gaiam.com
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