How Yoga Can Help You 

Yoga studios are popping up all over the place. We see yoga all over our social media pages. Hot yoga and mass yoga sessions are advertised everywhere. What’s all the rage about? We’ve broken down some of the key benefits yoga has to offer.

Reducing Inflammation 

Yoga is known to reduce stress, thus reducing inflammation. Deep breathing and meditation helps fight off psychological stress, while the physical movement of yoga can reduce cortisol and cytokine levels. Cortisol and cytokine are both known to promote inflammation, so keeping these hormones at a healthy level is crucial to keeping inflammation to a minimum. 

Improving Balance and Flexibility

Yoga focuses on stretching and strengthening the muscles. Hot yoga can be especially helpful in increasing flexibility, because it allows more blood flow to the muscles. Many yoga poses also encourage us to use our balance, which helps us align our center of gravity. Better alignment and balance improves focus, coordination, and overall strength.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy 

The fact that yoga reduces stress is already a bonus for your heart, but there are some other physical benefits as well. Certain yoga poses require you to breathe in a way that reduces blood pressure. Yoga involves movement which encourages muscles to take in more glucose from the system, helping to lower blood sugar. Lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar? Sign us up!

Not only does yoga help you unwind, it also benefits your health in so many different ways! You also can do yoga for free from home, no materials required! If you’re looking for a way to boost your health without hitting the gym, this is your sign to try yoga. 

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