Studies have shown that the practice of yoga - including pranayama (breath work), asana (movement) and dhyana (meditation) — offers numerous physiological and psychological health benefits for all age groups. Some people think that they "can't do yoga because they aren't flexible". But flexibility can be a side effect!
Some benefits may include:
gentle way to increase strength and flexibility
encourages proper breathing
improves cardiovascular health, circulation and the immune system
aids digestion and elimination
improves emotional and mental health by decreasing stress, anxiety and depression
relieves tension or discomfort in body
With a regular practice, Yoga has been known to alleviate common conditions such as PMS, menopause, headaches, insomnia, and even symptoms due to colds and flu. These are just a few examples!
By practicing yoga even just once a week, you can build self confidence and self esteem plus increase focus & concentration – thereby making it beneficial for all ages including children and teens.
While the physical (asanas) practice of yoga including the breathing exercises (pranayama) are generally suitable for most people, it is best to consult with your doctor before starting any physical activity. In any case, always inform your instructor of any issues that may be affected by your practice.
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