Opinions differ when an Eastern practice, like yoga clashes with modern-day medicine. However, it’s hard to deny that the mix of breathing, physical movement, peace, and body and mind wellbeing that yoga fosters could have anything but a positive impact on the body and soul.
Luckily, with roughly 20 million North Americans donning stretchy pants, spreading out mats, and getting all downward dog can attest to the following eight body and mind benefits of regular yoga practice…
1. Yoga Makes Us More Bendy
You already know that yoga promotes flexibility. And Bikram yoga, which is a series of 26 postures performed for 90 minutes in a heated room, was found the most effective form of yoga when it comes to promoting shoulder, back, and hamstring flexibility, according to a Colorado State University study. Numerous other studies find those who regularly practice yoga have greater overall strength and a lower percentage of body fat versus those who don’t get bendy on the mat.