At the YMCA, we recognize the practice of yoga can be a powerful tool for improving our health and well-being. Students of yoga can find greater health through the use of breathing techniques and yoga poses. Yoga by its very nature, asks us to stretch muscles that are naturally tight and strengthen muscles that are naturally weak. Yoga poses are challenging for the body and the mind.
Through a regular practice of yoga, people can improve their flexibility, strength and balance, and reduce stress. Medical benefits of yoga include but are not limited to: stress reduction, reducing anxiety, improving range of motion, improving circulation and reducing blood pressure.
Reducing Stress is an excellent benefit of yoga. As noted at bembu.com “Stress has been labeled as the silent killer, and that’s because low levels of stress may now be what you consider normal, and it works in the background to increase your blood pressure and release stress hormones that can lead to illnesses and diseases. Yoga can help you kick big-time stress as well as that under the radar stress that can be just as problematic.
By setting time aside each day to perform yoga you’ll notice that you are taking away time that you may have spent worrying, fretting, stressing out, or even having an anxiety attack. Yoga gets you to quiet the mind, and it also gives your body an outlet to release energy blocks that may have you stressing out even more.
Try the balasana pose, also known as the child’s pose. It’s hard to hold this pose and feel stress at the same time, the two are almost mutually exclusive. ”
Join us at the YMCA and find the healthy life that is waiting for you. The YMCA promotes Healthy Living for all. Join our Yoga program, feel younger and live the healthy life you were meant to live.