It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a regular yoga student, practicing the art of yoga can do more than just burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretchingposes with deep breathing and meditationor relaxation.
Yoga is a great activity for you if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease. It gives you strength, flexibility, and mind-body awareness. You’ll also need to do something aerobic (like walking, biking, or swimming) if you’re not doing a fast-moving type of yoga.
For example, it is suggested that people with high blood pressure should only practice certain asanas (postures), while acknowledging that there are other asanas that are not suitable for them.
Other physical benefits of yoga include:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
Written by By Luvras Kleinauskas
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