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5 Good Reasons To Practice Yoga

By John Fleming

Lots of people have the attitude that yoga is just a little bit suspect. Like it’s some kind of mind controlling, new age fad. The truth is yoga is mainstream. Professional baseball, basketball and football players now practice yoga regularly for the flexibility, balance and strength benefits as well as the increase in resistance to injuries.

The benefits of practicing yoga have been recognized for centuries. The first historical records of yoga practice date back over 4,000 years in India as an integral part of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Even today yoga is practiced by millions of Indians for the physical and spiritual benefits. Today in the West most people aren’t doing yoga in the search for enlightenment but to get the exercise and health benefits.

The flexibility and strength gained by the practice of yoga is today recognized by people all over the world and is regularly practiced as a daily exercise routine by millions of people.

So what are some good reasons to practice yoga?

1. Yoga is wonderful for treating and preventing back injuries. The gentle stretching and resistance training provided by yoga gives you a strong, toned core.

2. Resistance to injuries. A strong back and abdomen will go a long way to prevent the kind of strains and pulls caused by overworked muscles.

3. A sharper, stress-free mind. You’ll handle coping at home and at work much better when you’re relaxed and yoga is a great stress reliever because of the breathing and stretching exercises.

4. Overall Well Being. You’ll look younger because your posture is better and you’re more relaxed. You’ll probably start losing weight, too.

5. You’ll start sleeping better. With the stress and tension gone, you can’t help but sleep better at night.

One of the great features of yoga is that almost anyone can do it with very minimal training. From the very young to the elderly, there are poses that all levels can do to get started. If you’re just getting started, sign up for a class and look for one that says “low impact” or “beginner”. You’ll soon be moving on to more and more advanced poses. If you have any questions if yoga is right for you, check with your doctor.

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