🤸🏻‍♂️The benefits of yoga 🤸🏻‍♂️

in life •  10 months ago

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I have been practising various forms of yoga for nearly 20 years starting with Iyengar and Ashtanga. Nowadays I prefer the more sedentary forms such as Kundalini, Yin and Restorative yoga.

There are many health benefits to regular practice for yogis of all ages and levels of fitness. Yoga:

  • Improves flexibility and reduced aches and pains;

  • Builds muscle strength which can protect against arthritis and back pain;

  • Improves posture, reducing the risk of back, neck, other muscle and joint problems;

  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown which reduces the risk of arthritis and disability;

  • Protects the spine by keeping spine disks supple;

  • Improves bone health, warding off osteoporosis, lowering the stress hormone cortisol and keeping calcium in the bones;

  • Increases blood circulation, getting more oxygen to the cells;

  • Drains lymphs and boosts immunity, fighting infection and destroying cancerous cells;

  • Drops blood pressure;

  • Regulates adrenal glands by lowering cortisol levels and improving the immune system;

  • Improves wellbeing and happiness by increasing serotonin levels;

  • Lowers blood sugar which decreases the risk of diabetes;

  • Improves co-ordination, balance, memory and focus; and

  • Improves sleep.

After three hours of yoga practice today, I shall hopefully sleep like a baby!

@fleur 🤸🏻‍♀️

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(Source: yogajournal.com)
(Images: pixabay.com)

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