by Iva deMartelly
So, no doubt you've heard from many magazine articles, friends, and even doctors that yoga has incredible health benefits. But how exactly does yoga affect our anatomy?
Shake It® loves fitness, and are passionate about anything that can enhance our readers health and wellness! So I decided to do a little research to make you feel even better about adding a yoga class to your schedule.
So read on for 20 reasons you should add yoga to your gym routine!
20 ways Yoga makes you a healthier person and athlete:
Yoga lowers your stress levels!
Yoga will help you maintain a healthy weight.
Yoga increases your flexibility! This is especially important for aging and lessens your chance for sports induced injuries.
Yoga can actually lower blood sugar levels in diabetics!
Yoga can alleviate depression, and provide an emotional health boost! Practicing in a class can also foster bonds and a sense of community.
Yoga has been known in many cases to completely cure chronic back pain that cannot be treated in any other way.
Yoga can actually help your body become more fertile, by enhancing blood flow and relieving stress levels.
One too many beers, or too much eating out got you feeling a little blah? Yoga is an incredible detox tool, and is proven to actually speed up metabolism.
Yoga is a wonderful preventative tool against arthritis and osteoporosis, building vitality, joint lubrication, and strength.
Can’t sleep at night? In many studies, yoga has been proven to alleviate symptoms of insomnia.
Yoga actually can improve your digestion and regularity, as some poses massage internal organs in a beneficial way.
Yoga can be a useful tool in lowering high blood pressure.
Yoga can actually help your brain- regular practice supports clarity, concentration, and even relieves chronic stress patterns and habits that can otherwise be difficult to shake.
Yoga cultivates strength, body awareness, and balance that will support sports, weight training, and general physical fitness.
Yoga can help you fight off colds! As yoga helps you breath better, and your organs function better, they are more equipped to fight off viruses.
Have migraines? Yoga can help, as it stretches the neck and balances the muscles as well as relieving mental stressors.
Yoga can improve sexual health and function, as it increases blood flow to the genital area as well as tightening the pelvic floor.
Yoga can help you fight food cravings- you tend to be much more aware of the food you put into your body when you are in a forward fold! ;)
Yoga can help regulate heart rate, preventing heart related diseases!
Studies suggest that the symptoms of women going through menopause were greatly reduced when they added a yoga practice to their daily schedule.
Happy, healthy Tuesday!
The Shake It® Team