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The Benefits of Yoga

There are many scientific studies you can refer to from around the world to identify and explain how yoga can both prevent disease and help you recover from it.

We share several benefits in these posts:

1. More flexibility and comfort in your body

Movement with comfort and increased flexibility is one of the most important benefits of yoga. We teach you to listen to the signs your body sends to you and honor where you are...Today! That will be different than where you were last week and where you will be tomorrow but meeting your body where you are at and slowly working on the areas that are tight or weak, will only give you more JOY as you move in life!

During your first class, you probably won't be able to touch your toes or do a backbend, however, if you stick with it, you'll notice a gradual loosening and ease with many of the poses. Many people share that they notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That's no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a lower back pain just to name a few.

2. Builds muscle strength

Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and can help prevent trips and falls. When you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility. We need both!

3. Improves your posture

Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it's balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day and it's no wonder you're tired. Fatigue might not be your only problem. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

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