5 Benefits of Yoga

If you ever visited Santa Monica, people carrying yoga mats are almost as common as people laying under a beach umbrella. Why is it so popular? There are a ton of health benefits to doing yoga and I want to talk to you about it in this post today.

 

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    Flexibility

    Helps stretch your muscles and helps increase your range of motion.

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    Posture

    Yoga posture exercises gently strengthen the muscles in the back, as well as the abdominal muscles. Surprisingly, your back muscles are key components of the muscular network of the spine. Stronger Back = Better Posture

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    Aids Asthma

    A new research study verified that doing yoga improves lung function and a reduction in asthma symptoms. When you deep breathe, you can control your breath and oxygen levels which could sometimes lead to curing asthma.

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    Reducing Stress

    The state of being mentally and spiritually healthy is how we phase out stress. When we do yoga, we get more air into our lungs with each breath we take. Through each breath, we gradually slow down our breathing which lowers our stress levels.

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    Relieving Depression

    Some yoga postures like balasana, anulom vilom, and shavasana helps preoccupies our body and mind. Chris C. Streeter, MD and his associates at Boston University School of Medicine did a study where they analyzed anxiety and depression in participants over the course of 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, researchers found that not only had the yoga practitioner’s GABA levels went up overall, but that those who did yoga for depression specifically had a greater improvement. Child’s pose, bhujangasana, warrior pose, and bridge pose are also all important postures of yoga for depression reduction.

Mucho Aloha, 

Jake

References:

http://www.thefitindian.com/benefits-of-yoga-and-meditation/

https://www.artofliving.org/yoga/yoga-benefits/top-ten-yoga-benefits

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/yoga-pilates-tai-chi/how-yoga-helps-back

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Jake

Jake is the content creation coordinator at BEAR SQUEEZE. On his free time, Jake dabbles in photography and film. He also likes to skateboard and loves any activity that has to do with the ocean (surfing, free diving, wakeboarding, paddleboarding).

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