A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

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Yoga has been around for ages, but over the past couple of decades, it seems to be gaining even more popularity than ever before. There are some pretty good reasons for that, as it’s an exercise that all ages can take part in and it offers not just amazing physical benefits, but also mental benefits. Yoga is an exercise you can learn and pick up on to practice at home on your own, with a group of friends, or as an organized class to join.

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What Is Yoga?

Yoga can be described as a variety of specific body poses, meditation, and breathing control that is meant to aid in physical and mental well-being. Today’s modern form of yoga has strayed a bit from its original practice, but its goals remain the same. While it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it was developed and by whom, it’s agreed upon that the practice of yoga originated somewhere in the east thousands of years ago. Despite the fact there are many different types of yoga, they all share similar practices and goals.

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What Are the Health Benefits?

There are a number of health benefits tied to yoga, and because there are so many poses and such variety in each pose, it can be catered to a wide range of age groups. Some of the noteworthy benefits of yoga are:

  • Increased muscle strength

  • Increased flexibility

  • Decreased blood pressure

  • Increased blood flow

  • Relief of anxiety and stress

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Simple Poses to Try

There is no shortage of poses in the practice of yoga and many of them offer variations in order to suit the participant’s health needs/issues. Here’s a look at a couple of simple poses you can try at home:

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