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Published on February 23, 2015

The Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of yoga

The benefits of yogaDeveloped in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become extremely popular all over the world. Celebrities love it and people crave it due to the high levels of stress we experience day-to-day. While there are many different types of yoga, most sessions are typically comprised of breathing exercises, meditation and assuming postures or poses that stretch and flex various muscle groups.

According to Nancy Stiles PT, Rehabilitation Services and Wellness Center manager at PIH Health Downey Hospital, the practice of yoga has many health benefits such as: aids pain relief, increases flexibility, better breathing and circulation, and is beneficial to weight management.

One of the greatest health benefits of yoga is stress reduction. Stress can affect the body and mind causing sleepless nights, headaches, back and neck pain. Many people who practice yoga also claim they experience an inner peace and calmness that helps connect them with the present moment instead of thinking of the worries of tomorrow.

Three studies reported in the April 2014 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine show that yoga can improve balance and reduce the fear of falling, and helps reduce and regulate blood pressure and improve important aspects of cardiovascular health.

And the best news is that you don’t have to be an athlete to perform yoga. Yoga is a perfect for all levels of fitness enthusiasts.

If you are interested in learning more about the health benefits of yoga, PIH Health Downey Hospital offers Kundalini yoga on Wednesday’s from 5 to 6 pm. Kundalini yoga is considered the most comprehensive form of yoga. The class is held at PIH Health Downey Hospital in Conference Room A or B. There is a fee of $25 for five classes. Please call 562.904.5551 to register today.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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