Healthy Heart

One of the most studied areas of the health benefits of yoga is its effect on heart disease. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Yoga has been associated with decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function.

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Full Body Flexibility

Yoga stretches not only your muscles but also all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body. No matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time.

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Strength and Endurance

Yoga postures and breathing techniques help develop muscle strength, body posture and alignment and improve overall body strength. The frequency of practice, the degree of difficulty, and how long you hold the posture in combination with breathing techniques, will establish endurance and strength.

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Weight Management

The balanced metabolism results in maintaining a healthy weight and controlling hunger. Consistent yoga practice helps find the balance and creates a more efficient metabolism. The benefits of a better metabolism along with the exercise of yoga work to keep your weight in check. Additionally, the stretching of muscles longwise helps to reduce the amount of cellulite that can build around muscles.

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Pain Management

Chronic pain is the most common reason people seek medical attention in the United States. More than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain conditions like lower back pain, arthritis, headaches, and digestive disorders. Yoga can help by increasing the blood flow, relieving compression, and reducing pain.

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Stress Management

Yoga has long been known to be a great antidote to stress and anxiety. When your muscles are tensed, your heart is racing, and your endocrine glands are pumping out stress hormones, these feelings can become a source of anxiety, creating a vicious, and potentially chronic, cycle of hypersensitivity and increasing states of alarm. Yoga can help you relax these muscles, ease into deep breathing, and send comforting message to your nervous system that your fears are manageable and your body and...

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