The Benefits of Yoga

Practicing yoga offers a wide range of health benefits that go beyond a simple workout. During your stay at Gate48 you have access to various yoga classes taught by qualified instructors, so in today’s blog we will list several benefits of practicing this fitness discipline.

Clarity of Mind

When you begin your day with a yoga class it allows your mind to quiet down, reduce the unnecessary chatter and focus. This is done by focusing on your breath, control the movement and flow in and out which creates a better awareness of what is normally an automatic process.

Deeper Breathing

The core aspect of all yoga has to do with the breath; the way you control it and how deep you take in oxygen. When you practice yoga you will learn to take long, slow breaths, using your lungs to their full capacity. Every kind of fitness activity benefits from this, which is why many professional sports athletes take yoga classes. Over time, practitioners of yoga will see their lung capacity increase.

Flexibility

One benefit of yoga is that is provides flexibility to your muscle, which can become tight when inactive, stressed or due to aging . The various poses in yoga poses stretch and tone the muscles and help align the body, improving your posture. The important thing is to focus on your own body’s progress and not compare yourself to your fellow classmates, who may be quite flexible. The important thing is to perform the movement safely and to the best of your ability.

Injury Prevention

Yoga helps you improve your balance, coordination, and flexibility, important aspects that help prevent injuries. The increased range of motion helps the joints and strengthens tendons and ligaments, reducing the risk of strains and sprains.

Muscle Strength

Yoga poses are sometimes held for minutes at a time, which is great for developing better balance and strength. As you begin to practice regularly you will see an increase in your strength and notice and increase in your muscle tone.

Posture

Yoga develops core strength, opening up your chest and moving your shoulder blades back, counteracting the negative effects of sitting at a desk all day.

 

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