Yoga is one of the many examples of mind-body fitness for they emphasize both physical and mental strength. The movements or poses made in this kind of exercise helps the body to be strong and flexible. Moreover, yoga teaches you to move your body and focus your mind. In addition, it helps you to become aware of your body needs that can eventually improve posture.

Other than strengthening one’s body and mind, yoga has other benefits that it can offer to one’s health.

  1. It burns decent amount of calories.
    When you do yoga, you can burn your calories from 176 to 636 depending on the class. An hour of yinyasa yoga burns 445 calories while an hour long of Bikram or hot yoga classes burns about 636 calories.  As you can notice, these types of yoga are solid calorie-burning workouts on their own.
  1. It relieves your stress.
    If this week’s stress goes all the way up to your muscles, it is high time to do some yoga poses. There are number of poses that can get rid of stress. However, the legs-up-on-the-wall pose is one of the best specific moves to relieve your tense and tired body.
  1. It manages your weight or it helps lose pounds.
    The scientists found that practicing yoga helps in calorie burn, offers pain relief and promotes mindfulness, all of which translates into making healthier eating options and potentially dropping some pounds off to your body. The said study was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine that conducted study about the connection of yoga and weight management.
  1. It boosts your brain.
    In a recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology, it has demonstrated that consistent practice of yoga can help older adults boost performance on cognitive tasks and improved memory. Those who did Hatha yoga three times a week for three weeks exhibited more mental improvement than those who did not do any yoga or similar kind of exercise.
  1. It reduces urinary incontinence
    In another study, yoga is found to be helpful to those who suffer from urinary incontinence.  The result of the study shows that frequent yoga can reduce episodes by up to 70 percent. Researchers tell that practicing yoga can strengthen pelvic muscles and diminish stress.
  1. It eases painful menstrual cramps
    According to a 2013 study, it has reported that practicing Yoga Nidra, a relaxation and meditation-based yoga could help in reducing cramps, heavy bleeding and menstrual irregularities.
  1. It helps you from preventing illness
    Certain yoga moves can improve circulation and increase blood flow to the areas of the body. If you feel that you are weak because of an impending illness, do yoga.
  1. It makes you become a better athlete.
    Yoga helps stretch your muscles to prevent getting injuries caused by performing physical sports such as running, biking among others. Integrating yoga into your regular routine can help you identify the areas of your body that needs further improvement. Hence, consider yoga as a mandatory athletic tune-up.
  1. It provides speed recovery of sore muscles.
    Yoga is an ideal exercise for stretching your tight muscles and bringing blood flow to the area to help heal tired and sore muscles. You may struggle in going to the yoga studio but think of easing muscle aches during yoga session is better than waiting in pain.
  1. It helps you get in the zone
    If you feel anxious and stressed before a meeting or presentation, doing yoga lets you loosen up and feel relaxed. In a study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health reveals that those students who practiced yoga performed much better on tasks given to them than those who did not do any exercise at all.
  1. It strengthens your lower areas of the body
    Enrolling in tougher yoga classes like yinyasa yoga helps in strengthening your legs and lower body. Meanwhile, side plank and crow moves are major workout for your arms.
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