National Yoga Awareness Month gives Americans the opportunity to improve your health with a positive, relaxed attitude. Although yoga has only been popular in the United States since the early 1950’s, the technique and practice has been around and evolving for centuries.
From its beginning, those who practice yoga unfailingly develop physical strength and inner peace. Some types of yoga focus on relaxation and breathing. Other forms of yoga concentrate on various types of movement and flexibility.
Today, yoga may be one of the most popular fitness trends sweeping the country. Florida State University medical educator, Dr. Richard Usatine says it may be the prescription for better health for ailments ranging from headaches to heart disease.
Health Benefits of Yoga
●Increases Flexibility- Stretching your muscles can help you move better and feel less stiff or tired
● Improves Strength- When done correctly, nearly all styles and poses of yoga build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. The standing poses; especially when holding them for several long breaths develop strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs.
●Better Posture- When you are stronger and more flexible your posture improves. Most standing and sitting positions develop core strength, since you need your core muscles to support and maintain each pose.
●Improves Body Awareness- You will begin to notice more quickly if you’re slouching or slumping so you can adjust your posture.
●Relaxes Breathing- Yoga usually involves concentrating on your breathing, which can help you relax when becoming anxious or stressed.
●Good for Your Heart- For decades Yoga has been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate is beneficial for people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who have suffered from strokes.
Due to the nonstrenuous nature of yoga, even those with physical limitations can find a beneficial routine of Yoga. Most yoga exercises are not recommended for pregnant women of for nursing mothers. However, regular practice of breathing and meditation is encouraged!
MedicAlert encourages you to start your commitment to creating a healthier mind and body today. Find a yoga center near you!