Yoga is a healthy practice to adopt for anyone at any age. Non-judgment is one of the base principles of yoga. In yoga we try to disconnect from the ego and just be present. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. For some reason however, it still seems intimidating to a lot of people. If you are hesitant about dipping your toes into the yoga pond, keep in mind the following 10 health benefits of this ancient practice.

1. Flexibility

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Flexibility is the most obvious benefit of yoga.  Yoga increases your overall range of motion. Being able to move comfortably prevents aches and pains.

2. Strength

Yoga is an amazing way to tone up from head to toe. Flowing through a vinyasa takes strength and stamina.

3. Balance

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Balance takes practice. “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”  Yoga activates the stabilizing muscles that you may not use otherwise. Training the mind to focus improves balance, as well.

4. Energy

Yoga gets your blood flowing and improves your circulation. As a result, your cells receive more oxygen and function better.

5. Weight Management

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Yoga stimulates the liver, activates the thyroid gland, and balances out the pH levels in your body.

6. Injury Prevention

Yoga teaches proper alignment. By learning how to safely move your body, you reduce your risk of injury.

7. Mindfulness

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Yoga means union; “to yoke.” Through breathwork, movement, and meditation, yoga allows you to tap into your mind, body, and soul.

8. Stress Relief

Yoga calms the mind and nervous system, leading to a decrease in overall stress levels.

9. Digestion

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Stress relief alleviates digestive trouble such as ulcers, IBS, constipation, etc. Twisting poses are especially great for detox and digestion, serving as an internal massage for your organs.  Yoga poses get things moving in your system, allowing you to relieve waste easier, get rid of bloat, and feel more comfortable in your body.

10. Sleep

Many insomniacs find relief by practicing yoga; it is an amazing way to wind down and decompress at the end of a long day.

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