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The Benefits of Yoga for Whole Body Health

Whether you’ve done yoga for years, or are interested in what it can bring to the table, recognizing the benefits of yoga for your mental and physical health is a great way to boost whole body health.

Those who do yoga on a regular basis will sing its praises, and there are many reasons for that. There’s no question why it has been around for soooo long…

The Benefits of Yoga for Your Health

For centuries, yoga has been celebrated as a boon for health and wellness. Here are just a few of the many benefits of yoga for whole body health:

1. Benefits heart health.

Heart health is critical for overall health, and yoga can contribute to the reduction of stressand inflammation and inflammation in the body, both of which can impact heart health. Several of the factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight, can also be addressed through yoga.

Best poses:

  • Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
  • Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

2. Improves strength, balance, and flexibility.

The slow movements and deep breathing in yoga help to increase blood flow and warm up your muscles. Holding those poses builds up your strength strength and the stretching improves your flexibility.

Best poses:

  • Four-limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)
  • Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

3. Can improve sleep and relaxation.

A simple, quiet yoga session before bed can help your body release tensions and the deep breathing will calm your mind and help you relax.

Best poses:

  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
  • Corpse Pose (Savasana)

4. Provides major stress relief.

Stress demands all of your energy, but yoga gives you natural tools to cope. By focusing on the tension and working to release it, yoga can help you get back to centre. Forward bends specifically increase exhalation, leading to the relaxation response and can be super restorative.

Best poses:

  • Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana)
  • Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

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5. Boosts energy.

Want to boost your energy? A simple session first thing in the morning can help give you a lift in the morning and give you motivation for the whole day. Certain yoga poses can help you feel more awake and energized.

Best poses:

  • Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana)
  • Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
  • Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

6. Can relieve back pain

Yoga is often recommended as a way to naturally manage back pain and the stress that accompanies it. And, the appropriate poses can relax and strengthen your body.

Best poses:

  • Child’s Pose (Balasana)
  • Cat/Cow (Chakravakasana)
  • Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

7. Reduce Arthritis Pain.

As with back pain, yoga is proven to help with arthritis. People who practice it regularly find it helps improve pain and stiffness, and also helps reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function, and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep. 

Best poses:

  • Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
  • Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)