Benefits of Yoga For Overall Health and Stress Relief
by Stephen A. Daniels
among other disciplines.

Practicing yoga involves learning a series of postures to hold and meditate through,
while at the same time paying special attention to one's breathing - inhaling during
specific movements and exhaling with others. From a physical perspective, yoga
improves flexibility, strength and endurance while the carefully studied positions
develop and promote lubrication of various ligaments and tendons in the body.
Besides the mental benefit of stress reduction, many view it as a way to enhance
one's spirituality.

Yoga is also considered a body-mind kind of alternative and complementary
medicine, enhancing the practitioner's overall health and providing numerous other
possible health benefits including:

* Stress reduction: Using quiet, precise movements causes the person to focus on
the movement and poses that require concentration and balance and can draw one's
focus from a chaotic busy day.
* Improved fitness: Learning and refining yoga poses helps improve flexibility,
balance, strength, and range of motion, which makes it less likely that one will injure
him or herself while performing routine daily activities or other physical endeavors.
* Managing chronic health conditions: This form of exercise often relieves fatigue,
mood, and sleep problems which in turn can help relieve some health problems such
as pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and some studies suggest it can reduce
discomfort in those suffering from diseases such as cancer. It can also help reduce
one's heart rate and blood pressure.
* Weight loss: Through deep stretching, yoga detoxifies the muscles which can, in
turn, cleanse the body and promote weight loss. The toning of muscles through
poses can also reduce inches on the waistline and increase muscle mass, which
assists in weight loss. Through its stress reduction benefits, yoga can also help
someone hoping to reduce stress-related eating.

It has become clear, even in western medicine, that physical and mental health go
hand in hand, and a calm and a harmonious mind is said to be one of the greatest
health benefits of Yoga.

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About The Author

Stephen A. Daniels

In Victoria BC, if you are looking for yoga, pilates and yogilates classes, contact
. With sessions seven days a week, their passionate staff works to help
students improve well-being and overall health.
Yoga combines mental focus and
physical exercise to help its
practitioners achieve peace of both
mind and body. Its stress- and
anxiety-reducing properties are
well-documented. In India, as well as
in many other places in the world,
yoga is studied using scientific
methods and used to treat many
mental and physical ailments. Yogic
science seeks to authenticate cause
and effect and develop principles
based upon impartial observations.
Yogic masters with credibility must
have an extensive scientific education
in the biological sciences and physics,
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