Five Reasons to Practice Yoga This Summer
Summer’s here and many of us are looking to get fit for those days at the beach. So, why not try yoga?
SignatureMD’s family of physicians understand the whole body concept of wellness, and recommend yoga to many patients as part of an overall fitness regimen that includes a healthy and balanced diet, along with baseline tests and annual wellness exams.
There are many health benefits of yoga, most importantly the ability to reduce stress. Yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and towards a calm state as you move your body through poses that demand balance and concentration. There is no good reason why should not be interested by the idea of yoga training, especially as the majority of people that practice it would highly recommend it.
As you progress in yoga, you will benefit from increased fitness, balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. Our team-of-doctors know that in doing this, you are less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
Yoga has numerous benefits. One such benefit is how it counteracts some of the aging symptoms we all have to face. Yoga may help with a variety of health conditions, such as cancer, depression, obesity, pain, anxiety and insomnia, helping with sleep problems, fatigue and mood. Yoga can be extremely beneficial, but SignatureMD doctors urge you to take precautions before beginning a yoga regimen.
Yoga is generally considered safe for all but there are some situations in which yoga might pose a risk.
See your SignatureMD doctor before you begin yoga if you have any of the following conditions or situations, since complications can arise:
- Balance problems
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Certain eye conditions, including glaucoma
- Severe osteoporosis
- Artificial joints
Regardless of your health status, start slowly and gently. If you have a sore knee or an aching shoulder, make sure to inform the instructor to help you find poses that won’t aggravate your condition.
Make sure the first classes you take are suitable for beginners. Some classes require you to bring a mat or towel to sit or stand on while doing poses. Other classes will provide a mat.
Good instructors will encourage you not to exceed your personal limits.
We’ve compiled five surprising benefits of yoga.
Skin and Hair Glow
Yogis (people who are proficient in yoga) tend to have glowing skin and hair thanks to the re-education of your breathing techniques. Purifying Oxygen gets delivered to your bloodstream more effectively.
Breathing deeply, in and out, helps your body to relax. The calming effects will make your face look younger.
Banish Bad Menopausal Symptoms
Perimenopause can begin as early as your 30’s, and menopause as young as 40. Yoga can reduce the frequency of hot flashes, help with insomnia and even balance out mood disorders. Yoga restores a sense of wellbeing and body awareness, helping to tone and lose weight, which also aids in helping the negative effects of the change.
Yoga can steadily build muscle strength and is one of the best resistance exercises you can do. This is crucial for reversing age related muscle loss. Working both small and large muscles, you’ll also be increasing your metabolism, which helps you maintain an ideal body weight.
Happy Happy Joy Joy
Yoga also has a positive effect on attitude, positive mindfulness, and our ability to live in the present. A practice of yoga gives you a sense that life will naturally be better by reducing anxiety and depression. People who are happier tend to live longer and look young for their age.
Back pain can be managed with yoga. Your spine is the foundation for everything and the center for most people’s pain issues, and yoga can elongate, strengthen and stretch the spine. A strong back will enable you to stay physically active throughout your life and be pain free.
Bonus video story:
From 300lbs to 140lbs: How Arthur Boorman Lost 160lbs with Yoga.