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Great Reasons that Yoga is Beneficial

People have been practicing yoga for hundreds of years since it originated in India. There are now yoga studios in every corner of every city in North America and everyone knows someone that practices yoga on a regular basis. There are several types of yoga that you can try but they are all fairly similar.

  • Ashtanga
  • Anusara
  • Hatha
  • Bikram
  • Lyengar
  • Hot Yoga
  • Vinyasa
Regardless of which one of these you choose, you will notice a lot of benefits from participating. Of course the latest fad has been Hot Yoga where you go through the moves in a room that is heated up to around 100 degrees Farenheit. If you decide to try this form of Yoga, be prepared to sweat profusely and possibly become dizzy and maybe even faint. The whole purpose of the extreme heat and the perspiration is for you to sweat out all the toxins in your body. However some doctors think that pushing your body to these extremes is not a good idea, especially if you have high or low blood pressure or some form of heart condition. So, you might want to talk to your doctor before signing up for Hot Yoga since it is the only type of yoga that could potentially be harmful to your health.

There are many reasons that yoga is good for you. Jen Hamilton of http://oxygentraining.ca says “Some yoga methods use specific meditation techniques to focus the mind on your breathing that quietens the constant ‘mind chatter’, relieves stress and allows you to feel relaxed. Practicing yoga can also boost oxygen levels to the brain, leaving you feeling happier and more content with everyday life”. Almost all of us need to find a way to wind down and relax once in a while with the busy lives we lead.

Jen also says “Aside from the uplifting spiritual values, the act of meditation can actually boost your confidence. The process works by releasing tension from your mind so you can feel confident about your physical body. Without any forms of anxiety, you are able to establish an internal connection with yourself. This is consequently reflected in your perception of others and will help to better your relationships by improving compassion and awareness.” This makes total sense to me since you naturally have more confidence if you are relaxed and feeling good about yourself. This extra confidence can help you in your personal life and in your professional life.

If you have been considering trying yoga but haven’t been able to get off the fence, the new year is a perfect time to start. Make 2016 a more relaxed and healthy year and lets see what you can accomplish.

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