Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of yoga are open to everyone and here’s why you should give it try.

By THE YOGA STUDIO ASTORIA

Why Should You Try Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice from India that has been used for thousands of years to align mind and body in a practice that can be a restorative meditation or a full body work out. It’s been proven to have many health benefits that range from increased core strength to helping anxiety and depression. We’re passionate about informing and showing people how yoga can benefit their lives because we believe it can help almost anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re not active and work a desk job, or a seasoned athlete, you can still do yoga.

“Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,”

– Dr. Nevins, osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California 

Benefits for The Body

The America Osteopathic Association cites numerous tests done on the physical benefits of regular yoga practice. Most you’d expect like increased flexibility, improved muscle strength and tone better balance, etc. However there are some benefits you may not have thought of:

Breathing

Helps with respiration leading to more energy and stamina.

Pain Management

Can help relieve pain from things like arthritis and carpal tunnel but also for things like headaches and lower back pain.

Athletic Performance

Benefits to cardio and circulatory health can increase athletic performance and is often why yoga is practiced by MMA fighters and other athletes.

Weight Reduction

Regular practice, especially combined with healthy and mindful eating, is a great way to reduce weight

Quality of Life

Things like picking up your kids or carrying groceries are small activities that can easily make you pull a muscle or struggle to do. The benefits to strength and flexibility make the small daily tasks a little bit easier for our bodies.

Benefits for The Mind

Similar studies have been done that prove the benefits of regular yoga practice on your mental health. Our daily lives are often stressful and run on a tight schedule. Regularly taking time to clear your head and focus on the connection of mind and body can be a huge break for your brain. For decades yoga has been used to treat anxiety and depression, two of the most common mental health issues in the country. Regular practice of yoga frees up the headspace which is exactly what we need in our busy lives. Here are some other benefits of yoga for the mind: 

Depression and Anxiety Management

Lowering blood pressure and reducing heart rate help manage depression, anxiety, and our body's response to stress.

Improves Mental Clarity

Attention on the breath and clearing the mind helps manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Promotes Healthy Sleep

Reducing stress helps with problems falling and staying asleep.

Better, Mindful, Eating

The focus on self in yoga often leads to better choices when it comes to eating and helps stop eating as an emotional response.

Improved Body Image

Yoga focuses your attention inward. People who practice regularly have better awareness and are less judgmental of their own body. As a result yoga is often used to treat symptoms of eating disorders.

Practice Together

Yoga can also be a way to build better social interaction with people which is another big part of improving mental health. Practicing at a studio can often be the most beneficial way for a beginner to start their journey. Community is a big part of why people go to yoga studios because it allows you to socialize and be motivated by others. The direction of a yoga instructor, both physical and mental, is a huge benefit to those new to the practice. For these reasons joining a yoga studio is a great way to commit and start your journey the right way. 

Ready To Get Started?

At The Yoga Studio in Astoria we value our community of teachers and members. Together we create a welcoming atmosphere for those new and old to the practice. We offer a range of different classes to cater to more people than ever. No matter your experience or fitness we’re confident we can find a class that will fit you.