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The Benefits of Doing Basic Yoga

Kristen Howe have been practicing Yoga and Pilates at her local gym for 7 years and at home as a fellow Yogi and a Pilates Practitioner.

Namaste is Said at the End of Yoga Class


What is Yoga?

Yoga came from pre-Viidic Indian traditions as far as the 5th and 6th centuries before Christ existed. It consisted of the physical, mental, and spiritual practices, or disciples to transform body and mind with exercise, breathing, and meditation. It helps improve your bones and mental health, your mood, and anxiety. It also boosts symptoms of heart failure, enhance cardiac rehabilitation, and lower cardiovascular risk factors. It's also beneficial for those suffering from heart disease, and studied as a treatment for Schizophrenia, cancer patients, and substance abuse addicts. It also helps decrease depression, insomnia, sleep anxiety. and enhances quality of life and spiritual growth.

Doing Yoga Practice Daily Has Many Benefits

A decade ago, my neurologist had recommended me to try low-impact exercises to help out with my lower back pain. Yoga became a part of my daily routine at the gym and later also at my home. If you do yoga everyday, you would learn how beneficial it would be to your physical and mental health in the long run.

1. Makes You Feel Good. If you're new to trying yoga, start off with the Beginners or Silver Yoga classes. These basic class helps you get used to the stretching, bending, twisting, and doing meditation after every session. Have an open mind. Afterwards, you'll feel happier, present, open, and different, when you get used to it.

2. Increases Flexibility and Improves Strength. If you're experiencing back pain or Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, post-operative pain, or any other type of aches in your body, it helps increases flexibility in your back, in your joints, or in your neck. The key is practicing yoga regularly and consistently to build muscle memory. It's important to take your time and be patient, if you don't see overnight results. With repetition and doing holding poses in your routine, that's the key to make everyday tasks easier with physical strength to prevent injury. It also boosts your metabolism and immune system, and supports your body weight in gravity with a "weight training" routine.

3. Boosts Immune System and Metabolism. When you do yoga, your body spends more time to rest and digest through your parasympathetic nervous system. Without constant daily practice, it'll lower your immune system, causes inflammation, and more stress and tension when you'll go into "flight vs flight" mode. Every morning, it helps your blood, breath, and muscles moving in your body, and allows the nutrients to absorb better. A strong yoga practice builds muscles, increases circulation, breaths full and deep from meditation, and helps your metabolism to stay put.

4. Helps You Focus and Changes Energy. With meditation, it trains your body to become aware and present in the moment. It sharpens your concentration on mental resources, helps you process information you receive more accurately, and also learn, hold, and update facts more effectively. When you practice Asana for a few minutes every morning, you'll gain a different perspective, have a calmer mind, and discover a rebalance in your nervous system with surprising energizing effects.

5. Reduces Anxiety and Being More Mindful. When you find a safe place to practice yoga at home or in a gym class or studio, it helps you deepen your breath, improves your posture, and relaxes your muscles. With silence, chanting mantras, or peaceful music playing from your apps or stereo, meditation is also being mindfulness to opening your mind to the surrounding around you. It allows you to become present, alive, aware, and lets you pay attention to each action. You'll also develop some precious "Me Time" to feel connected to the world around us and being full while you're alone.

6. Soothes Skin and Hydrates Spine. If you're stressed, the signs will appear under your skin. It would also reveal a potential nutrient deficiency. If you want to reduce eczema and acne, have lower stress levels, and a better circulation, a daily yoga regime in the morning is the way to go. Plus, it also releases more synovial fluid in the spinal column. Every night, your spine would be more compressed and dehydrated. With spine-length poses like Downward Dog and inversions, it helps brings moisture and life to your spine.

7. Boosts Brain Power and Better Breathing. A healthy brain works harder with yoga. To balance your brain and to calm your mind, try twisting Asanas and other poses when you cross your limbs over body with the "channel-cleansing" breath. With fully deep breathing, it will have a profound impact on your overall health and for everyday practice.

8. Not Enough Room? All you need is space for your body. Your bedroom, a studio or classroom in the gym, the beach, the park? Home or on vacation. It doesn't matter because you practice yoga everywhere you go.

9. Stand Up Taller and Beat the Blues. If you're slouched, yoga helps you stand up taller by correcting your posture and give you an open chest. It has positive affects on your mood and overall well-being like having better posture, and becomes an effective medicine for battling the blues. It helps release hormones to improve the mood and taps into your nervous system. With every practice, you focus on something positive, and imprints positivity in your mind in an effective way. More practice equaled more smiles as it combats depression through balancing brain chemistry and stress hormone levels.

10. Improves Balance (in Body and Mind) and Frees Feet. With balancing poses, it helps your brain fire neurons that helps with muscle memory and spatial awareness. When you regularly use your feet in daily yoga practice, it strengthens over 100 muscles in both feet. That's why being barefoot in yoga practice is real important since it's a part of your body's foundation. It gives them time to breathe, moves more freely and articulate that allows your bones, joints, and arches move naturally to help alignment of your body improve. And it saves time from washing your socks too!

11. Clears Toxins and Has AntiFlammatory "Properties." Doing yoga helps clears toxins from your body. It also gets things moving inside and outside and aids to shift lurking toxins to rid them from your body quicker. You'll become more aware and mindful as it detoxes your mind from "toxic" thoughts. Better blood and oxygen circulation, decreased stress levels, and increase in happy hormone transmitters all helps in inflammation. With calming Pranayama practices, it lengthens an increase in the out-breath, a powerful way to reduce inflammation too.

12. Gives Meaning to Our Days and Regulates Body Clock. When you wake up in the morning, it sets an intention and a focus for the day. It helps us come back to our intention each time we make a decision, and to become more aware of our actions as it gives our days more meaning. The best way to start your day is practicing yoga between 10 pm to 2 am, when you wake up close to sunrise as possible, and head outside for natural sunlight--it's our body's time for rejuvenation. For spiritual practice and exercise like asana and walking, aim for 6-8 am every morning.

13. Expresses Gratitude and Increases Compassion. To rise with the sun, yogis practice with the Sun Salutations as a way to greet the new day, pay homage to our giver of warmth, life, and light. With the Metta Havana (Loving Kindness) meditation, it's intended to increase compassion and kindness to others and ourselves. With yoga, it teaches us to practice kindness and love to others, which makes us a difference than you might even expect.

14.Teaches You to Know Yourself and Helps Becomes More Body Aware. In a good practice, it encourages us to feel with forcing it, a gradual process than an instant gain, and a helpful moving way than being harmful, if you listen to your body. In the end, you'll have more body awareness, responsiveness to bodily sensations, and even body satisfaction for those who don't practice yoga.

15. Helps Accepts What Life Brings You and a Natural Wind-Down. When you practice yoga, it teaches us everything changes, both positive and painful in life come and go. To understand and know this on a deeper level, it also makes it easier to accept and stay positive and present even through hard times. Instead of watching movies or TV, and checking emails or posts on social media every night, try adding restorative yoga to your routine. This practice is a powerful way to calm the nervous system, improves sleep quality, aids the digestive system overnight, and provides energy to rise and shine early the next morning to salute the sun.

16. It's A life-Long Lesson. Yoga is suitable for everybody at any age. From babies to teens, baby-boomers to great-grandparents, find the practice that's best suitable for you, and listen to your body.

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Yoga Helps with Flexibility, Tones Cores Muscles, and Prevents Lower Back Pain


Yoga Straps Helps You Carry Your Mat and Also Used For Stretching

My former yoga mat with strap

My former yoga mat with strap

Straps and Belts for Yoga Stretches

Yoga straps are amazing, and the best yoga prop ever to use in your yoga routines. They allow control in a pose that wouldn't be allowed otherwise. A belt allows us fellow practitioners to slowly and completely stretch out. There's beauty in its help, when you use the belt for any pose, and when you haven't found the length. You might not need it for stretching one day; but for now, it assists you to relax, when you enjoy the feeling of extension with a little assistance.

To help you stretch and relax into a pose more deeply and effectively, yogis of all levels uses yoga straps. Attempting certain poses without the assistance may result in incorrect alignment, when you won't receive the natural benefits of the pose. Yoga straps helps you learn difficult poses and become more flexible. They come in a variety of buckle types, colors, materials, and sizes.

Beginning or Gentle Yoga?

Fusion classes?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Kristen Howe


Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on October 07, 2016:


mariexotoni on October 07, 2016:

I think it would make a great separate hub too! Just would like an opinion of someone who is actually experienced with these things :)

Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on October 07, 2016:

I wish I did. I can take a look into it this weekend and add it to my hub.

mariexotoni on October 07, 2016:

Do you happen to know any good youtube videos of yoga for flexibility for beginners? I've found so many and don't know how to choose

Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on October 07, 2016:

Thanks Marie for sharing my hub. I so appreciate it.

mariexotoni on October 06, 2016:

Great hub! Hope this encourages me in the morning. Shared on HP and Pinterest !!

Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on August 14, 2015:

Thanks Lorelei for your lovely comments. It's a great method to use for alternative therapy than physical therapy. It helped me out with my back pain issues. I agree with you, 100%.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 14, 2015:

Yoga is such an amazing exercise because it is easily adaptable to virtually every skill level and can be done at home as well. Happy to see it being used as therapy more often.

Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on July 09, 2015:

Sally, my pleasure my friend. Yoga has many benefits and meditation is perfect for relaxation and for stressful times. Give it a try!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on July 09, 2015:

Interesting, I have never done Yoga but have always wanted to have a go. Thanks for sharing your experience of doing it.

Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on July 02, 2015:

My pleasure Teaches. It's real great for meditation too.

Dianna Mendez on July 02, 2015:

I just viewed a yoga video and am considering taking this up for body stretching. Thanks for the tips.

Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on June 11, 2015:

Thanks Emge. Wow, 20 years! For me, it's been eight months. My power to you!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 11, 2015:

Yoga is wonderful. I have been doing for 20 years and its effects are amazing. Nice post

Kristen Howe (author) from Northeast Ohio on April 16, 2015:

Thanks Sharp Points for stopping by. Yoga helped my back pain out last fall and this winter. I feel better with every practice. When my cold's over and my knee's better, I'll be back to yoga practice.

Sharp Points from Big Bear Lake, California on April 16, 2015:

I tried out yoga last year, a large part of it was because the teacher was just so amazing. The way that she would talk us through it slowly, her voice was so soothing. So I tried what I had learned last spring recently at home and it was just weird. Being alone and not having a guide just made it feel awkward. Plus I think I fell in love with my yoga teacher Christine haha. Great hub, voted up and interesting/awesome.

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