Fitness Friday: Yoga Does a Body Good

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On the fourth Friday of every month, the Health Advocate and enBloom will feature various topics on fitness and exercise. Every year, millions resolve to ‘get in shape’ in the new year and perhaps right about now many are beginning to waiver or falter in this effort. It is so important to remember that success depends upon integrating fitness routines into your lifestyle. Yoga makes a good fitness choice for several reasons.

  • The cost of yoga practice is quite minimal.
  • Once you learn some key principles through instruction, it can be practiced in a variety of settings.
  • There exist yoga styles for individuals of all fitness levels.

Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses. They also teach some form of breathing technique as well as a meditation technique. While some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation, there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. It is the practice of one of these styles of yoga that offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance. These are the key health benefits of yoga practice.

Sources:

The health benefits of yoga are detailed in the ace-yoga-study and Health Benefits of Yoga

Start now:

Plan to attend a free workshop near you in observance of Yoga Day USA on Saturday (January 24, 2009).

The Yoga Alliance, the international gold standard for professional yoga teachers and schools can help you locate a local school.

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