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The Benefits Of Yoga

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It’s no secret to exercise enthusiasts around the world that yoga is a holistic, multifaceted practice with a multitude of amazing benefits. Our overall health and well-being can be vastly improved by committing to as little as twenty minutes of Yoga a day. Along with the obvious positive affects that Yoga has on our bodies, it also – less conspicuously - aids us in developing a healthy mind and soul. The benefits of Yoga are essentially endless, though for the sake of practicality, I have limited this post to the most prominent seven.

1. Reduced Stress

In a world where daily stress plays a significant part in most people’s lives, yoga is the perfect antidote. Many current yoginis, in fact, began their yoga exercise regimen not as a way to lose weight, but rather as a means to reduce anxiety. Just as deep, healing breaths are a great way to calm down and regain your bearings in any stress provoking situation, gentle yogic postures (asana), breathing (pranayama) and meditation help to release both current and excess tension. These soothing techniques calm the body, slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure and revitalize the nervous system. Additionally, regular yogic breathing and meditation instills mental clarity and an overall heir of tranquility in all those who are committed to its practice.

2. Increased Muscular Tone and Flexibility

Yoga postures place an equal balance of both stretching and tension on our muscles, which results in longer and leaner muscle fibers, ligaments and tendons. These techniques ensure that our muscles not only become stronger through yoga, but more flexible as well. Similar to yogic breathing and meditation, stretching is also a great way to reduce stress because - like a big full bodied stretch...

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...ation of internal heat and improved relaxation all enhance the functioning of the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive and elimination systems. This improved functionality not only helps to remove toxins and stimulate healing within the body, but also builds up a stronger immune system which works to fend off any ailments that may have otherwise developed.

7. Increased Energy

Like any exercise regimen, working out vastly enhances your energy levels. Specific to yoga, the increase in oxygen taken in through the lungs during a physical yoga practice and pranayama will greatly improve energy levels. Stress reduction and enhanced muscular fitness will also free up energy blockages and give you more enthusiasm for life and living. For the highest possible energy levels, combine your yoga exercise plan with a clean, healthy diet and a bi-monthly yogic detox.
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