5 Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga
If you have prior injuries, have had surgery recently, or have a specific health concern, check with your doctor or yoga instructor to find out which poses to avoid or modify.
Dr. Uddin says just about anyone can enjoy the benefits yoga has to offer.
1. Reduce stress and anxiety
“In the same way it improves strength, flexibility and resilience for the body, it does the same thing for the mind,” says Dr. Uddin.
2. Helps with sleep
People who practice yoga get more restorative sleep.
3. Increases flexibility and balance
Better flexibility and balance reduce the risk of falls, especially as we get older.
4. Helps establish a sense of well-being
“It’s a nice way for people to take an inventory of how their body feels overall, a chance to quiet the mind and reset or reconnect that mind-body connection,” Dr. Uddin adds.
5. Helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure
A 2016 study found that regularly practicing yoga lowers blood pressure slightly more than dietary changes.
Once you’ve found your slowest, deepest breath and mastered the basics of yoga, try stepping up your stretching and strengthening game with one of these alternative varieties.
- Hot Yoga
- Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga
- Beach Yoga
- Alternative Yoga (laughing, goat, baby, etc.)
This article was originally published on scripps.org.