6 Reasons to Try Yoga Today (Who Can Argue with #2?)

There are many reasons to try yoga

This ancient practice is good for your mind, body, and soul.

You will be more calm and less clumsy (yoga balance balances poses boost coordination + concentration). 

Find out how this small but powerful habit can change your life (and get started today with actionable tips). 🙂

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6 Reasons to Try Yoga Today (Who Can Argue with #2?)

Note: this article originally appeared at Lifehack.

1. Low impact, beginner-friendly exercise

Unfortunately, most people associate exercise with punishment.

Running on the treadmill is something you do because you “ate too much and need to burn it off.”

This attitude is unhealthy and unnecessary. Yoga is a great way to teach yourself that exercise is about treating your body (not torturing it). 

2. Stress relief

A study published by Oxford University Press discovered that yoga could be an effective intervention for reducing stress and back pain at work.

Study participants were split in to two groups of 37: the first performed a 50-minute yoga session every week for eight weeks and received a 20-minute DVD for home practice, while the control group received no intervention.

The yoga group reported significantly lower stress, back pain, sadness, and hostility than the control group. They also reported feeling self-assured, attentive, and serene. Click here to build your own stress-reducing yoga routine.

3. Better balance and stability

A study published by the Department of Veteran Affairs in the journal Stroke found that yoga improves motor function and balance after having a stroke.

Three-quarters of all stroke survivors suffer from falls (which could break bones or end lives), so this is welcome news. Try out the yoga balances for beginners below if you’d like to move with grace.

4. Improved flexibility

A more flexible body capable of moving through its full range of motion is less susceptible to injury. Don’t worry: you don’t have to stand on your head or perform a split. If you’re the opposite of flexible, try out these yoga poses for beginners.

5. Get a good night’s sleep

A study by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School observed the effects of yoga on patients suffering from insomnia. Participants reported statistically significant improvements in sleep efficiency, total sleep time, total wake time, number of awakenings, and quality of sleep.

Click here to check out 10 yoga poses that will help you ZZZ.

6. Confident posture

Spending your days sitting in front of a computer is a surefire way to mess up your posture (not to mention all the other risks that come with excessive sitting). Perform this quick yoga workout if you’d like to have a good posture that makes you feel confident in your body.

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