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The Benefits of Yoga (And 5 Yoga Videos To Get You Started)

Although International Day of Yoga (June 21) is a relatively new holiday, it began in 2015, it’s believed that the practice of Yoga is to have started with the dawn of civilization. But, why has this ancient practice that incorporates breathing exercises, meditation, and poses struck around for generations? Most likely because it has the following mental and physical health benefits.

1. Decreases stress and relieves anxiety.

Yoga has long been used to ease stress and promote relaxation. Several studies have also found that it can actually decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone.

Additionally, multiple studies show that yoga can also reduce anxiety and even symptoms of PTSD. It’s believed that this is because yoga emphasizes the importance of being present.

2. May help fight depression.

Yoga is able to decrease levels of cortisol. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter often associated with depression. As such, yoga may have an anti-depressant effect. And, it could also help decrease symptoms of depression.

3. Promotes quality sleep

Poor sleep quality is linked with a wide range of health problems. This includes obesity, high blood pressure, and depression, just to name a few. Studies show that incorporating yoga into your daily routine can promote a better night’s rest.

4. Encourages healthy eating habits.

Mindful eating, also known as intuitive eating, is a concept that encourages you to enjoy being in the moment while eating by paying attention to the taste, smell, and texture of you’re eating. Mindful eating can aid in weight loss, control blood sugar and treat disordered eating behaviors. Because yoga encourages mindfulness, it could be used to promote healthier eating behaviors.

5. Is good for you physically.

And, finally, yoga has numerous benefits for your physical health including;

  • Improving strength, balance, and flexibility.

  • Helps with back pain relief.

  • Eases arthritis symptoms.

  • Relieves migraines.

  • Benefits heart health by reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.

  • Improves breathing which is important for those with lung disease, heart problems, and asthma.

Interested in trying yoga or incorporating it into your daily routine? Here are five YouTube to assist you in your journey.

Yoga for Complete Beginners/Yoga With Adriene

This video is only 23-minutes long and includes a workout specifically for yoga newbies.

10 Minute Yoga Workout For Beginners

For a shorter introductory video, this 10-minute video is definitely worth watching.

Total Body Yoga Workout/Fightmaster Yoga

This 30-minute will stretch and strengthen every part of your body.

10-Minute Morning Yoga Full Body Stretch/Yoga with Kassandra

Start your day off right with this short body stretch. Or, you can use it for a post-workout cooldown.

Yoga for Anxiety and Stress/Yoga with Adriene

You can use this yoga sequence to help promote relaxation by connecting your breathing to asanas which are intended to help you cultivate calm.

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