Yoga is an ancient practice that has been gaining popularity in the past few years. This popularity has sparked more research on the benefits of yoga. There are a wide variety of health benefits from yoga, which includes everything from increasing flexibility, building muscle strength, improving posture, improving balance, boosting the immune system, and easing pain.
A habit of practicing yoga can even help your heart! Recent studies published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology state that yoga can help lower heart disease risk as much as conventional exercise, for example brisk walking. Yoga is a unique practice that combines physical activity, breathing, and meditation, which, in return had great effects on those who practice yoga. The participants in this study lost an average of five pounds, reduced their blood pressure by five points, and lowered bad LDL cholesterol by 12 points. Yoga can definitely help individuals with cardiovascular problems according to this study.
Yoga is great because it is an exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels. There are many different types of yoga classes available for people to attend, or yoga can be practiced on your own. Yoga tends to be less strenuous than other exercise, and is easy to modify for different experience levels. Therefore, yoga is the perfect exercise for everyone to do, especially with all the great health benefits.
If you are interested in starting to practice yoga or looking for a place to continue your yoga practice, join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30 for a candle light yoga class here at Ambiente Gallerie.