Yay Yoga – 3 Benefits of Your Yoga

I love yoga and recommend it to many of my clients.  There are many types of yoga.  Regardless of which type you choose, there are many benefits to adding yoga to your fitness regimen.  Here are 3 things yoga can do for you:

Yoga side stretch1. INCREASE FLEXIBILITY

Increase your flexibility and reduce risk for injury. Each yoga pose targets specific muscles, thereby increasing flexibility and reducing the risk for injury in your activities.

If you’re just getting started in yoga, be sure your teacher knows about any injuries or health conditions you have and is knowledgeable enough to advise you of any positions you should avoid.

yoga sunset2. REDUCE STRESS

Yoga can help soothe the mind and lower stress levels by focusing the mind on the moment and the movements rather than on external distractions.  This is often called mindfulness.  Yoga can also increase your awareness and concentration.  A primary component of yoga is rhythmic, focused breathing.  This mindfulness component helps you learn to calm yourself and get rid of thoughts or to gain focus more quickly.

yoga standing leg3. BALANCE YOUR BODY

Yoga helps keep muscles in balance. Those who are new to yoga often become aware of muscle and flexibility imbalances they hadn’t noticed before.

Yoga improves balance and stability – and your posture. Balancing poses require you to engage your core stabilizer muscles, which helps improve overall stability.  Yoga poses strengthen and open tight areas of the body, such as the shoulders and muscles of the upper back, which helps your posture.

yoga back

You get cross-training benefits by doing yoga because it combines flexibility, strength training, and balance.  It is a great addition to your fitness regimen.

Yoga provides a range of physical and mental benefits, and once you’ve learned a few yoga moves, you can easily integrate them into your regular exercise routine.

Learn more about the benefits of yoga and of other exercise to your mental and physical health.  Summit Performance Consulting LLC can help you reach your potential in exercise and sports.  Become mentally tougher; work with us.

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