Yoga is good for you. You hear it all the time but may still wonder what the health benefits of yoga are.
Many people are not familiar with this tradition ritual for physical and mental discipline. Originally from India, yoga is now popular everywhere in the world as one of the best activities to promote mental and physical relaxation.
More than 11 million Americans enjoy the health benefits of yoga on a regular basis. Yoga promotes flexibility, posture and strength and is safe and affordable. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. However, class style may vary depending on the instructor.
A traditional yoga class is one of the greatest ways to develop flexibility. By safely stretching muscles, the body releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and is generally the cause of stiffness, tension, fatigue and pain. Yoga also stretches the soft tissues of the body, including ligaments and tendons, and is perfect to prevent injuries.
Power yoga is a different style of yoga. It’s normally more intense with focus on improving muscle tone. It’s a great exercise to develop body strength, particularly for hamstrings, quadriceps and abdominal muscles.
Furthermore, yoga promotes better posture. Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength because the body relies on deep abdominals to support and maintain each pose.
So, what do you need to buy if you are interested in starting yoga? Not much. A yoga mat is basically all you need but music for relaxation may add a nice touch. Instructional videos for yoga are helpful if you do not want to join a class and prefer to do it on your own.
|Gaiam – AM and PM Yoga DVD with Rodney Yee & Patrica Walden|