The Benefits of Yoga

From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

Yoga is packed with benefits for overall health — and is especially beneficial for your heart health. Taking longer, smoother and more controlled breaths can help lower blood pressure, calm the nervous system and even relieve stress.

Several studies have shown yoga:

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Promotes weight loss and management
  • Increases flexibility, strength and balance
  • Aids sleep
  • Boosts your mood and energy
  • Relieves back pain and arthritis symptoms

To invert — or position yourself with your head below your heart — can promote blood flow and calm the mind. There are several restorative poses that increase blood circulation in a gentle way, such as downward-facing dog, standing forward folds, legs up the wall and happy baby:

Experts agree, yoga nurtures the heart, as well as the mind, body and soul. It is more than exercise. It is a way of life that cultivates mindfulness, health and well-being.

The VEBA Resource Center offers Yin Yoga classes. Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, in which poses are held for two to five minutes. Yin Yoga allows you to get deeper than the superficial muscular tissues by targeting connective tissues, such as ligaments, joints and bones. Yin Yoga is a great way to recharge and give back to your body, mind and spirit. Check out our calendar to sign up for an upcoming class.