Yoga is a great exercise that not only tones and strengthens your body, but helps you manage stress. No matter what your fitness and health goals are, yoga can support you where you are at any level. Learn why it may be the best exercise for you to incorporate into your routine!
Yoga is Accessible to Beginners and Experts Alike
Looking to start your yoga journey, but feeling intimidated? No need to worry, yoga can be practiced at any level! Yoga is a great source of exercise as it is adaptable for everyone. As you advance and become more comfortable, you can increase the difficulty to match your needs.
There are also different types of yoga to try, depending on what you are looking for. Each one can help support the goals you are looking to achieve, whether that be relaxation or a stronger physique. For example, Hatha Yoga is a great place to start for beginners, as it is known to be slower-paced with a deep focus on breath work.
Another option is Restorative Yoga. This is great if you are looking for relaxation. Its main focus is to help calm the mind and body.
If your fitness and wellness goals are to build muscle, try Power Yoga! It is a quick-paced form of yoga that’s focused on building strength. (3)
Develop your Yoga Practice through the Seasons
Another great benefit of Yoga is it can be practiced year-round! If you’re someone who enjoys exercising outside, you can go outdoors and try practising on a beach, or by a lake.
Additionally, it is perfect in the chillier weather. If you’re missing tropical temperatures in the winter you can take a trip to your local hot yoga studio and practice there, or stay cozy inside and practice in your home.
Yoga is also the perfect exercise whether you are an introvert or an extrovert! It can be as social if you want it to be.
As an introvert, it is the perfect way to set aside some “you” time. Take the time for a mental reset, and use it to focus on yourself and that you need to be nowhere but in the moment. You can also teach yourself yoga through self-paced learning, and advance when you are ready to. One way of doing is this is by watching videos on YouTube. There are many different channels that offer resources.
If you are looking to try yoga on your own and want some time away from screens and technology, you can teach yourself from our Yoga Book. It is designed to lie open flat so that you can hop up and move your body into the shapes and poses offered. There is plenty of room to take your own notes to refine the suggestions offered throughout the book and make this information resonate for you. Of course, if you have a tablet, you can easily access our Yoga WebBook to take with you everywhere you go. We even offer a large 18×24″ Yoga Exercises Poster that’s perfect for any exercise studio!
If you are an extrovert, yoga is also great for new meeting people. Look for a yoga studio that promotes a social culture and get to know your fellow classmates. Yoga retreats (yep we offer one each year, check it out!) are also a wonderful way to get to know people who have similar interests as you.
A History of Known Health Benefits
Practicing yoga has been around for over 2000 years (2), and that is because of the many health benefits it offers!
Consistently practicing yoga can help improve depression and can lead to significant increases in serotonin levels. It has also been known to lower cortisol levels in your body. (1)
As mentioned many times before, Yoga is known for its ability to increase relaxation. This can help provide a balanced mental state, which can lead to improvements in sleep quality and help decrease insomnia. Some studies have shown that the “regular practice of yoga resulted in a significant decrease in the time taken to fall asleep, an increase in the total number of hours slept, and in the feeling of being rested in the morning. ” (1)
If you are someone who is prone to inflammation, Yoga may be worth a try. It can help decrease the inflammation in your body. (2) By practicing regularly, you may notice less inflammation and pain.
Relax, Strengthen, Tone, and Achieve!
No matter where you may be at in your health and wellness journey, Yoga offers many different options. Whether you are looking to relax, or strengthen and tone your body, it can help achieve those fitness goals. Try incorporating yoga into your fitness routine and see what health benefits you may notice.
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Heart rate and thermal responses to power yoga: Matthew M Schubert, Amy S Clark, Annie B De La Rosa, Sean C Newcomer. PMID: 30057050 DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.07.003
Medical Yoga Therapy: Hilary McClafferty, PMID: 28208599, Published online 2017 Feb 10. doi: 10.3390/children4020012
Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase the quality of life: Catherine Woodyard, PMID: 22022122, doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.85485