Health Benefits of Yoga, Part 1

For centuries, people around the world have been practicing yoga for its amazing health benefits and for its ability to promote overall well-being. In the first post in our multi-part series, we’ll be exploring three health benefits of regularly attending yoga classes. Wilmington Yoga Center is your number one yoga training and yoga teacher training resource in North Carolina. Our professional and caring staff is here to help you, no matter your skill level. If you’re new to yoga and are considering taking it up in 2018, be sure to check out our 30 days for $30 deal. If you’re ready to take the leap from student to teacher, don’t miss our Mindfulness + the Eightfold Path Teacher Training Program taking place in 2018.

Stress Reduction and Emotional Health

Yoga is one of the best practices you can do to improve your concentration and your ability to focus on the present moment. Practicing yoga trains the mind to focus on the subtle sensations involved in different poses, with special attention given to the breath. Learning to focus on the breath and the present moment can greatly reduce anxiety and depression, which are often caused by a fixation on the future and past, respectively. 

If you’re looking for a physiological explanation of why yoga is so effective at reducing stress and promoting well-being, examining yoga’s ability to reduce cortisol levels is a great place to start. Cortisol is our body’s fight-or-flight hormone, and the fast-paced lifestyles that many Americans embrace can lead to constantly-elevated cortisol levels. Practicing yoga regularly is a fantastic way to keep your cortisol at a health level and to lower your overall stress levels.

Improved Flexibility

“Flexible” is probably the first word that most people think of when they’re asked to describe someone that practices yoga on a regular basis. It’s true – yoga is one of the best fitness regiments you can undertake if you want to improve your flexibility. Improving your flexibility by attending yoga classes can promote your well-being in a number of ways, including:

  • Decreased risk of pulled muscles and other injuries
  • Improved posture
  • Better blood circulation
  • Reduced post-workout soreness

What you need to know is that most people are not naturally flexible; flexibility is a skill that takes a lot of practice and dedication. Ask one of our expert yoga instructors if you’d like to improve your flexibility with yoga.

Back Pain Treatment

If you have back pain due to an injury, age, or issues with your posture, talk to a physician before beginning any sort of physical fitness routine, including yoga. If your physician gives you the all-clear, practicing yoga can be an excellent way to reduce your back pain. Yoga is a low-impact way of engaging the entire body equally, which is great for people that might be limited by a prior injury of any kind. Keeping the spine in proper alignment is essential to preserving and promoting the health of your back. Regularly attending yoga classes will also help you to increase your back strength and prevent future injuries.

Wilmington Yoga Center in North Carolina offers yoga classes as well as yoga teacher training. Contact us today to learn more!

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