If the hustle and bustle of work, home, or life in general leaves you feeling tense and stressed out, try relaxing with yoga. Yoga is a type of exercise that uses different postures with deep breathing exercises and meditation. Many who have tried yoga share that it leaves them feeling calm and rejuvenated. Yoga was developed more than 5,000 years ago in India for those who wanted to experience spiritual uplifting.
Today, thousands of people still find yoga to be uplifting. However, research has shown that yoga has additional health benefits. Yoga improves muscle strength and flexibility, reduces stress, decreases body fat, improves circulation, stimulates the immune system, and boosts concentration as well as creativity. It also helps you burn calories. A 150-pound person can burn approximately 130 calories in 30 minutes of yoga.
With all these benefits, why not try it? Proper instruction from professionals is strongly recommended to avoid injury. Check out your local library for a yoga video or the local gym for yoga classes. If you have never tried yoga before, here are some tips:
- Start slow — it is better to go slow and take breaks when needed than to wear yourself out too quickly. If you feel tired, take a timeout and drink some water.
- Block out all distractions; focus on correct posture and positioning by following the instructions given on the video or by the instructor.
- Remain focused on posture — this will help increase your yoga stamina.
- If you are taking a yoga class, always ask for extra guidance from the instructor when needed.
Remember to consult your physician before trying any new exercise.