find a doctor

5 Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga

The relaxation and exercise advantages of various yoga styles

Yoga can be a great workout or a way to relax; there are numerous styles to choose from. “Yoga is a good way to reconnect mind, body and spirit — to allow someone the resilience to face whatever stressors or obstacles come throughout the day,” says Poulina Uddin, MD, a Scripps Clinic cardiologist who teaches a weekly vinyasa yoga class for cardiac rehab patients.

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.

Health benefits of yoga

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.

This article was originally published on

CATEGORIES: Healthy Lifestyles


Related articles

5 Free Yoga Resources in San Diego
5 Free Yoga Resources in San Diego

An ancient Indian discipline that has been around for more than 5,000 years, yoga is here to stay.…Learn more

7 Best Spots in San Diego for Sunset Yoga
7 Best Spots in San Diego for Sunset Yoga

In San Diego, whether you’re inland or coastal, the opportunity to catch a beautiful sunset happens almost daily,…Learn more

7 Winter Health + Wellness Tips for Seniors
7 Winter Health + Wellness Tips for Seniors

San Diego doesn’t get snowstorms, but we still have a winter. January and February are historically damp, cool…Learn more

5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Gardening
5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Gardening

Anyone who enjoys gardening understands how spending time in the fresh air and sun feels good, but you might…Learn more

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons