If you’ve never tried yoga before then now’s the time to try. Research has shown numerous benefits that yoga can have on the body and mind:
Better Sleep – Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that insomniacs had an easier time winding down at night, falling asleep faster and sleeping longer after practicing yoga for one hour three times per week. Also, a slower extended breathing practice before bed can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and promote relaxation.
Improved Mood – Yoga may lower cortisol levels. A study from Boston University School of Medicine reports one hour of yoga practice raised levels of the brain chemical GABA (low levels are linked with depression) by 27 percent compared with a group who read quietly.
Joint Health – Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is the space-filler in our cells and the natural lubricant in our joints. As we age, the body slows the production of HA, resulting in achy and stiff joints. Meridian theories in Traditional Chinese Medicine suggest that practicing Yin Yoga on a daily basis can help stimulate the production of HA.
Improved Sex Life – The Journal of Sexual Medicine has found that yoga promotes the release of hormones that speed up sexual arousal.
Now that you’re ready for your first class, here are few tips to keep in mind…