Yoga has been around for centuries. It is practiced in every corner of the world and for many it has transformed their lives. You might be intimidated by yoga because it seems like the folks who do practice yoga are all experts who can contort themselves into any position. The truth is that like all other forms of exercise, there are different levels to yoga. Everyone is going at their own pace. There are also yoga apps and online programs that can let you start to practice in the comfort of your own home. When you feel confident to join a class, then you can dive in. Above all else, you want to consider the amazing health benefits from yoga. Yes, it can be practiced at any age. Here’s what you could get back:
The primary benefit from yoga is improved flexibility. When was the last time you were able to touch your toes? Although it will be challenge at first, with every practice you become that much more flexible. This is really about increments. It won’t take long before you start to notice some random pains and stiffness you’ve been carrying around in your joints and muscles start to fade away.
All that posing is going to lead to stronger muscles. It is not just about toning and shaping those muscles (which is good), but also strengthening the muscles. This can go a long way towards easing the pain of arthritis and help prevent falls. By the way, if you were just working out at the gym to build muscle, you wouldn’t be getting nearly the same level of flexibility as with yoga. They work together.
Prevents Joint Breakdown
When you do a yoga stretch, you put your joints through a full range of motion. That is a good thing because you are letting nutrients flow into those areas. That can stem the tide of degenerative arthritis.
Increased Bone Density
Any type of weight-bearing exercise can strengthen your bones. With yoga, the “weight” that you are lifting is your entire body. That’s a good thing because it means consistence resistance it helping with your bone density. That is going to help keep calcium in your bone.
Increased Blood Flow
A big bonus with yoga is the opportunity to increase your blood flow. Having good circulation is the whole “ball game.” At some point, you might get to doing handstands, which will really make sure the blood is flowing everywhere. Any time you can keep that blood flowing you’ll be helping all your organs and limbs flourish.
The great thing about yoga is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. Once you get your practice down, you don’t need an instructor. You can work through your poses in a hotel room, your living room or even your office!