This article is supplied courtesy of brand partner HYPOXI. Written by Emily Boylin.
Yoga was once thought of as a fad exercise, but it has well and truly made its stamp in the fitness world and is here to stay, being one of the most popular exercise practices across the world. Why? Here are our 6 reasons:
1. Yoga is a great workout
Putting your body through various different movement patterns, incorporating several angles and progressions of moves, will see your body through a fantastic workout each and every time. And given most Yoga stretches and exercises are designed around the idea of moving your body to increase strength and durability, it’s safe to say your body will benefit from this style of workout.
2. Improved posture
Most Yoga moves make you aware of your body position and encourage good posture to enable to you get the best out of a movement, so it’s inevitable that you’ll develop good posture the more Yoga you practice. You might start out all slumped and slouched, but you’ll walk away feeling taller and a little more poised.
3. Improved flexibility and range of motion
We all have ‘tight spots’ where we could do with being more flexible and whether we know it or not, this can lead to us moving within a certain range of motion rather than using our body and muscles to their best capabilities. Yoga can put an emphasis on opening up a lot of those problem areas and in turn increasing our range of motion of muscle use – for everyday life and better fitness training.
4. Good for all fitness levels
Whether you’re super fit or are just starting out on your fitness journey, Yoga has moves for everyone and you can adapt your practice to your own speed, ability and level of comfort.
5. Great for the mind
Yoga can be a great way to slow down and clear the mind after a jam-packed day of work, family life or both. Breathing exercises practiced in Yoga, called pranayama, have been developed over thousands of years to calm and tame that endless stream of thoughts. In a Yoga class this breathing is used to help increase concentration through poses and exercises, but outside of a class it can be a calmness that lasts the rest of the day.
6. Great for your health
Yoga can help increase blood circulation and raises blood oxygen levels. With higher blood oxygen levels, the body is better at fighting off infections or illnesses. Yoga also offers several postures that can help stimulate and encourage good digestive function, which can be key to good health. Not only that, but more efficient breathing (which Yoga definitely promotes) reduces blood pressure and helps lower our stress responses.
This post originally appeared in the HYPOXI newsroom for members.