10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Practice Yoga!

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Thanks to Mary Ward for sharing this post and some great reasons for practicing yoga.

Yoga has gained much popularity recently and it’s no wonder why! Yoga can improve not only your physical shape,  but also your mental and emotional wellbeing. People are turning to this exercise at all stages of their lives so let’s find out just why that is.

  1. Better Health: Yoga helps with both your physical fitness and your mental wellness – it contributes to your overall health. Practicing yoga on a regular basis will help you to look better and feel better!
  2. Feeling of Contentment: As yoga helps you to become more centered and confident in your own body, you may find that you feel happier.
  3. Perspective: Yoga classes often include some meditation which can help bring perspective to your problems and help you to deal with them in a healthy way.
  4. Stress Management: As you meditate and focus on breathing, your stress levels decline. Life seems  more manageable and as you move through the practice you will notice your body releasing tension and becoming more relaxed.
  5. Better Shape: Yoga increases your flexibility, your muscles will grow stronger and it will improve your posture. Yoga helps your body to function as it should and promotes physical fitness.
  6. Improved Mood: Yoga promotes an attitude of acceptance and introspection helping  you to view ideas from new and perhaps more positive angles. Yoga has been shown to alleviate depression.
  7. Gratitude: Yoga and meditation help you to focus on what it is that you are grateful for.
  8. Disease Prevention: Yoga is believed to help lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and help to prevent the onset of diabetes and heart disease.
  9. Positive Outlook: The endorphins that are released after a yoga workout along with the breathing, mental focus and meditation, all contribute to a feeling of wellbeing.
  10. Variety: Many people turn to yoga as a new form of exercise – something different to try.  Perhaps you are physically fit but are looking for something else that yoga has to offer, such as stress relief, mental flexibility,  relaxation or maybe you have an interest in the spiritual aspects.

If you already take part in yoga, you no doubt can add to this list.  If you haven’t yet, there’s no reason to wait and 10 reasons to try!

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Mary Ward blogs about various health care job issues, including how to study to obtain an online MHA.

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