What are the Benefits of Yoga?

What are the Benefits of Yoga?


you can’t go a mile without running into
a yoga studio it seems like the trendy new thing to buy a pastel yoga mat and
lurid pink yoga pants and go into a Sun Salutation but we are not talking about
yoga today because it’s a good excuse to wear yoga pants this week on well cast
we’re going to show you why even just a few minutes of yoga a week will make you
more mentally alert happier and healthier you ready there are plenty of
studies that demonstrate yoga’s potential for health for example Oxford
University found that people who practice yoga even once a week were less
stressed out had lower blood pressure and slept better at night and yoga is
not just good for your mental health according to the National Institute of
Health it’s proven to help with musculoskeletal issues especially lower
back pain it can even help relieve asthma so why don’t more people try yoga
some are afraid it’ll be too difficult you see enough people bent into pretzels
and you start to believe that your never be flexible enough but what you might
not know is yoga isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition there are
tons of different types of yoga all with names that are kind of difficult to
remember there’s hatha Bikram vinyasa the list goes on and while some types do
encourage a hard workout where you bend and flex an insane positions and sweat
bullets yoga can more simply be just used as a meditative tool and you get
the same mental health benefits here’s a word you probably haven’t heard before
pranayama it means focus on deep breathing and
gentle stretching it’s also what people and that Oxford University study tested
and found to be so intricately connected to happiness anyone in any skill level
can try pranayama so that is what we’re going to practice today on well-cast ok
stand comfortably evenly on your two feet you shouldn’t be on your heels or
on your hoes center yourself and then notice
your breath breathe deeply try to stay away from
shallow chest breathing take a few minutes just to focus on your breath
now it’s time to link your breath and movement gentle stretching style when
you breathe in raise your arms and when you breathe out lower your arms simple
as that keep your shoulders down and relax your
hands if you want you can spend 20 minutes doing this the simple stuff is
good stuff or you can look up something a little bit more involved try googling
Sun Salutation or beginners yoga sequence spend a little time taking
stock of how you feel what do you think of yoga now that you’ve tried it for the
first time okay pause and print this well-cast worksheet to answer the
following questions one how did you feel before your yoga practice what worries
were you focusing on that day two how did you feel during the exercise what
about after three how does your breathing feel now do you notice the
difference in your posture or what about any changes in your mood
try doing at least a 10 minute yoga practice every day for a week see how
you feel at the end of the week hey well caster’s let’s recap today we learned
about yoga which we found out was good for the mind body and soul the word we
learned today was pranayama which means focus on deep and gentle stretching we
gave you a worksheet to evaluate your new weekly yoga practice and we’re
inviting you to try it at least 10 minutes a day we’d love to hear how you
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