Yoga: Why You Should Try It


woman-meditating-during-sunsetYoga seems to have been a trend in recent years and yoga studios are popping up, it seems, in every corner in major cities and towns. It seems that it is not just the trendy thing to do; it actually has many health and wellness benefits that those who have tried it can attest to.

One of the reasons why some people will not try yoga is that it has its roots in the Hindu religion and some feel that they can not cross that boundary. The good news is that you do not have to change your belief system to enjoy the benefits of  yoga.

If you have never stepped onto a yoga mat, or if it has been a while since you’ve taken a yoga class, the following reasons why you should get with the program may inspire you to make it a priority.

1.  Yoga training can help reduce muscle soreness after a strength workout

A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that after a bout of eccentric training (workouts that cause muscle soreness the next day), a single bout of yoga significantly improve soreness the the next day.  While I know some people enjoy feeling muscle soreness the next day after a workout, some people do their best to avoid it.  If you want to reduce your muscle soreness try yoga out.  It may also be helpful for those who have a race or competition coming it.  It is important to continue to train but soreness can hinder performance.

2. Yoga can improve posture

There are three main factors you want to consider when trying to improve posture and yoga addresses all of them.  First, you need chest opening stretches to release tight muscles such as the pectorals and lats.  Next you need core integration.  A strong core builds the foundation for solid posture.  And finally you need back strengthening exercises.  Yoga will help improve all three of these resulting in much better posture.

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