5 reasons to regularly practice Yoga

There is no doubt that we all feel better when we are practising yoga regularly. Many people comment they feel the benefits both physically and mentally and generally happier versions of themselves. Why is this and how often do you need to practice to experience this amazing yoga-buzz yourself? By regular I mean 3 or more times each week, every week - so a consistent but also a highly achievable target. See below for our top 5 contributors to your daily yoga buzz!

Flexibility & Strength
Our body becomes agile and supple with a regular yoga practice . Our muscles become toned and stronger through a full body workout while we increase our flexibility through targeted stretching and deepening poses. Also yoga is one of the best means possible for gaining a strong core, crucial for almost any exercise pattern and day to day life. In essence you will look and feel stronger, more toned and as an added bonus will be able to touch your toes!

Posture
Through practicing the numerous standing and sitting yoga asanas, you will have good reason to stand tall. By engaging your deepest layer of abs, your transverse abdominals to maintain a pose, you significantly strengthen your core, making it easier to straighten your back and rid yourself of that pesky slouch. Further this means your posture while sleeping, walking, sitting and standing becomes better. This in turn puts less stress on our spine, hips and joints. So you will not only look better but you will feel better, stronger and will finally work towards that straight spine you have been relentlessly told about since a child. All sounds pretty good so far. 

Breathing
Ever find yourself out of breath walking up a flight of stairs? Due to the deep, mindful breathing that is necessary in yoga, you can strengthen your lung capacity, as well as your endurance. This element is often overlooked but a strong set of lungs helps the blood pump around your body nicely which gets the 'feel good' endorphins going as a little bonus!

Less Stress
Regular Yoga of any type will help you find a sense of calm and tranquility in your day to day that is unfortunately far too rare in today's hectic world. Many styles of yoga use certain meditation techniques that can help mute the mind chatter that is often the root of anxiety and stress. Yoga breathing techniques also centre your focus and help clear your mind, which can bring a much-needed sense of calmness and serenity.

Boost your immune system
Yoga can help stimulate the 4 main physiological systems that are linked to the immune system: the nervous, circulatory, digestive and endocrine says S Kolpakov, yoga therapist from Aranama Studio, USA. Any pose that positively effect one of these systems will ultimately help boost and strengthen your immune system. A stronger immune system helps fight off disease and sickness.....who doesn't want to stay healthy and flu free!

So there you have our top 5 reasons to practice yoga on a regular basis. If you want to be stronger, healthier, toned, breathe better, stress less and feel great everyday then come down to Modern Movement and get moving with us!

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