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Is Yoga Good for You?

So, is yoga good for you? Find out everything you need to know and more in our latest blog post. Read now!

Published: 1/23/20

Is Yoga Good for You?

Yoga comes in many forms, from Restorative to Ashtanga and everything in-between. But is yoga good for you? Let’s dive into that question and more as we explore the topic of yoga.

What Is Yoga? 

Yoga is a practice that was formed several thousand years ago in Northern India. It aimed to help people tune into their health as a whole: emotional, mental well-being, physical, and spiritual. In modern society, yoga is often used as a form of exercise that can reduce stress and help you focus inward. It is a practice with deep history and gyms and trainers across the country include it into their wellness offerings. Yoga is a low-impact workout designed to help you stretch your muscles, control your breathing, and build strength all over your body.

Is Yoga Good For You? 

As yoga gains popularity in health clubs and homes worldwide, science is taking a closer look at the practice. Multiple studies show that regular yoga practice is good for you, especially when it comes to your mood. One study by the Rehabilitation Services at New Hampshire Hospital showed that patients who participated in a yoga session showed improvements with their anxiety, depression, fatigue, and more. Another study had patients with depression practice yoga along with their standard therapy, and they found that after 30 days, the patients who practiced yoga showed a significant clinical improvement. So, the mental benefits alone are pretty astounding. And, while there is still a lot of research to do, adding some restorative yoga to your routine may be worth a try!

Is Yoga A Good Workout?

With all of the equipment and exercise classes at our disposal, it can be challenging to know whether or not yoga is a good workout. But, those who practice will tell you that they built muscle with yoga, and have better core strength and stability overall. That is because yoga teaches you to move with your breath and hold your own body weight in different ways. The holds and slow and controlled movements are what help you to build muscle. And, the low-impact nature of a yoga workout means that some people practice every single day. There are several benefits of yoga, like better balance, posture, more flexibility, stress-reduction, and better moods overall. 

How To Get Started With Yoga

As with any workout, you have to start somewhere. We would suggest coming into one of our yoga classes either in the group exercise room or The Studio. That way, an instructor will be there to guide you through your workouts and make any adjustments along the way. It is essential to practice yoga with proper form to avoid injury. So, if you have found resources online, come into a class first until you are comfortable with the postures and then take your practice home with you. 

If you have been practicing yoga for some time now and need a bit of a challenge, our classes are an excellent place for you as well. Our instructors can help you to find ways to adjust your yoga postures to give you a better workout overall.

If you are interested in practicing yoga, you can join in on a class at any of our locations. We would love to see you focus on self-care and get a great workout while doing so. Plus, we are open to all fitness levels! Have questions? Let us know! Our front desk team is here to help you figure out which class is right for you and can even point you to an instructor if needed.