Yoga Benefits: Physical and Mental

Yoga isn’t only for those of us that want to increase flexibility and balance. Here are just a few of the many physical and mental benefits of adding this wonderful activity to your life according to The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Yoga by our friend Joanna Branson.

Physical Benefits of Yoga

Increase Strength

It has been proven that with consistent practice over time, Yoga can effectively increase upper body strength, decrease your percentage of body fat, build endurance, and aid in overall weight loss.

Heart Health

When combined with a healthy lifestyle, yoga helps lower cholesterol as well as preventing the progression of heart disease. Not to mention that it promotes mindfulness.

In short, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the moment (sounds, smells, emotions) in order to make us more aware of what we are doing. This includes what we eat. Through mindfulness alone, yoga encourages healthy eating habits.

Diminish Migraines and Chronic Pain

There are many reasons that people may experience chronic pain. From arthritis to spinal issues, yoga could be beneficial to reducing the pain that comes along with these problems.

Yoga is gentle on the joints, and promotes physical protection from injury. Used by professional athletes to enhance performance, it makes complete sense that the breathing, bending and flow would help to reduce chronic pain.

 

Mental Benefits of Yoga

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Stress Management

Life can be stressful. It’s not really supposed to be, but nevertheless, it is. When things happen that are out of your control, or you just need a serious mental break, try yoga.It gives us a break by letting us focus only on ourselves, and the mental benefits that come along with that are staggering.

In this study, a group of 24 self-described emotionally distressed women were chosen to participate in a three month yoga program. When the trial was completed, every single one of them showed massive improvements in levels of cortisol (stress hormone), they were less stressed, less anxious and less tired.

Anxiety Relief

When we are anxious, we are worried about what might be. Yoga doesn’t allow mind space for the future, thereby whisking away anxiety during practice. It focuses on mindfulness, on the current moment.

Fight Depression

Yoga is made up of a constant flow of movement, paired with light meditation and controlled breathing. It is used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers worldwide as a self-soothing, anxiety reducing technique.

 

For these and many more reasons, yoga is an essential part of Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa. We incorporate the activity in our daily sessions at the Yoga Temple and offer special packages for solo and group travelers. You may find a sample package here: Yoga Package Offer.

 

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