Fitness & Training

The benefits of yoga

posted by FitnessFirst Team November 24, 2014 0 comments

Although it has become a very popular form of exercise in recent years, the art of yoga is thousands of years old. Despite its age, this is still one of the best exercise routines you can take advantage of, especially when you consider all the benefits of yoga. This style of exercise is also one of the most popular at Fitness First.

At its core, yoga is designed to create harmony in the body and mind while increasing your core strength. This can help those who need to exercise to achieve their fitness goals, build lean muscle and reduce the stress they are feeling at the same time. This is because, in addition to precise toning and strengthening exercises, yoga incorporates breathing exercises and meditation in the exercise routine.

This is where the benefits come in. Studies have shown that yoga can actually reduce chronic pain, lower blood pressure and even help reduce insomnia in patients. People suffering from lower back pain, migraines and even long term ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome have also experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms by regularly following a yoga routine.

With regular attendance in a Fitness First yoga class, participants often experienced better flexibility, an improvement in the tone of their body, and even more energy and vitality to help them through the day. While here at Fitness First, you’ll find that we have a number of yoga classes that include:

  • Gentle Flow Yoga
  • Flow Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Breathing Yoga
  • Power Yoga
  • Swing Yoga

As part of a healthy diet and exercise routine, they are able to see a dramatic boost to their metabolism, which helps to achieve weight loss.

Those with heart concerns experience improved circulatory and cardiovascular health. This significantly drops their risk of a cardiovascular event while improving their athletic performance and allowing yoga participants to experience better protection from a workout injury.

Thanks to the reduction in stress, those who had stress ailments tend to experience an improvement in their symptoms. Concentration improved, people begin to sleep better and manifested pain can be dramatically reduced, such as neck pain and migraines that are the can be result of stress in your life.

When considering any Fitness First yoga program, keep in mind that participants are not required to do everything that is done in class. Chances are you won’t be able to do some of the yoga poses for the first few weeks. But you can push yourself to do the best you can. Over time, your flexibility and strength will improve and before long, you can achieve some of the more advanced poses. While you might not be able to put yourself into a pretzel-like state immediately, you can see an improvement in your flexibility relatively quickly. When you add in all the health benefits, you’ll quickly find that yoga is one of the best things you can do for your mind and body.

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