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Health Benefits of Yoga

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#1 asw5086


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:07 PM

When some of us think of yoga, we think of having to be very flexible and do very weird things. We tend to worry that we are too old, unfit, not flexible enough, or too "tight" to do yoga. The truth is you're never too old to improve flexibility and yoga is one of the best ways to strengthen flexibility. Yoga increases the range of motion in the joints and it may also increase lubrication in the joints. It also releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use that causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. There are many yoga poses that actually help to strengthen your muscles such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose.They all tend to build upper-body strength and help with posture as well. A very special perk about yoga is that not only does it have external benefits to health and fitness, it also has internal benefits that will help throughout your life span. The more internal aspects that most people benefit from by doing yoga is that it benefits breathing, enhances and uplifts your concentration and moods, and It makes you feel more calm and less stressed.

Despite the calm and more relaxing movements of yoga, it is still a form of exercise and it is very important not to hurt yourself. It is important to pay close attention to what your body is telling you and know your limits. Do not over due or strain yourself trying to do as other. Stay within your range. Go slow if you have to and ask questions if you really don't understand what is being demonstrated. Wear proper clothing and warm up properly before engaging in real advanced poses. Cold muscles are more prone to injury so this is very important. And last but certainly not least, most importantly, STAY HYDRATED!!

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