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Start Your Yoga Journey

  • By Bianca Young

Start Your Yoga Journey

Have you always wanted to try yoga but weren't sure how to get started? Yoga poses are designed to strengthen and relax the body. With hectic schedules, yoga is an excellent activity that makes time for YOU!

The term yoga is derived from the Sankrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate. The formation harmonizes the body through a myriad of breathing exercises, yoga poses and meditation. It has become a popular as a form of physical exercise that connects the mind and body.

Physiological Health Benefits

Yoga is a holistic approach. The physiological health benefits can improve flexibility, cardiovascular health, and weight loss. In comparison to lifting weights, while you gain muscle, you may not see much of a difference in flexibility. Yoga increases your muscle strength as well as flexibility. It's recommended that all you need is 30 minutes a day, 4 times a week.

Yoga does more than burn calories and enhance muscle tone. Long-term effects are its therapeutic effects on the digestive system. With yoga's organic diet and positions, it can help to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux. Additionally, stretching and holding postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look. A regular routine can also help in reducing joint pain and improving joint flexibility.

Yoga Heals the Mind, Body, and Soul 

Yoga is much more than improving the physical physique. It has aided people in their personal spiritual journey. Yoga eases stress by expanding the parasympathetic nervous system which ultimately calms your nerves. This release causes the endorphins, also known as the happy hormone, to give your mood a boost. Endorphins have proven to combat depression and enhance one's mental health. Studies are starting to prove that yoga can be a preventative measure which protects people from mental illness.

Look past Yoga being a workout routine. It's movement that can be incorporated into your lifestyle. The practice of yoga brings peace to a world consumed with chaos. The deep breathing and meditation helps to foster an inner shift from common life stressors. Size and level of fitness do not matter due to the various techniques and beginner classes available. Explore your limits instead of striving for pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body, mind, and soul. 

Try out yoga and let #Selfietats know your favorite pose!


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