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Yoga’s Positive Effects

Yoga was started by the Hindu in ancient India around the 5th Century BC. Today it is practiced world wide for relaxation and health purposes. Here in America, more than 20 million of us are practicing yoga.  How Yoga Effects Your Body Yoga effects your body in many positive ways: Improved Brain Function Lowers Stress Levels Alters Gene Expression  Increases Flexibility  Lowers Blood Pressure  Improves Lung Capacity  Improves Sexual Function  Reduces Neck Pain  Relieves Anxiety  Relieves Back Pain  Lowers Blood Sugar Levels  Improves Sense of Balance  Strengthens Bones  Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight  Lowers Risk of Heart Disease Some of these changes, such as stress relief, are effective right away and after each session. Others, like back pain, can be reduced or altogether disappear after a few months, as long as you do the correct poses to help the problem. There are a few, such as weight management, that come after a few years, when you have made the commitment to a healthy lifestyle that comes with regularly practicing yoga. I always wear wide yoga headbands.  Types of Yoga There are many different types of yoga, ranging from a slow relaxed pace to fast and challenging. The eight most common types practiced today are: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram  Hatha  Hot Yoga  Iyengar,  Restorative, and  Vinyasa. Anusara is a type of intense workout for the body as well as the mind. Ashtanga is physically demanding. Bikram is one of the most widely practiced types of yoga, and is held in a heated + Read More