12 Months of Wellness | Month 9 – Yoga & Stretching
September is National Yoga Month and we’re inspired to help educate you about the health benefits of yoga and stretching. Yoga is a mind-body practice. What this means is yoga helps to strengthen the interconnection between your mind and body. Research shows the importance of your mind on your overall health and vise versa. Your thoughts, beliefs and emotions can directly affect your physical health. This can be a positive or negative influence depending on the quality of your mind. The connection goes both ways. The condition of your body, what you eat and how often you exercise can have a direct affect on your mental state.
Let’s first take a look at how yoga and stretching affect your body. In a yoga class you are lead through a series of poses to stretch and strengthen your body. Consistent stretching exercises are important to your physical health because your entire body is interconnected. Tightness in the muscles and ligaments can cause back pain, improper alignment, and poor posture.
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Beyond just stretching and increasing your flexibility; yoga strengthens your muscles, increases blood flow, helps to prevent joint degeneration, reduces blood pressure, and ups your immune function.
Yoga also affects your mental well-being in positive ways. It improves your overall mood, reduces stress and increases your self esteem. Yoga benefits your mind and body making it a wonderful practice to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle.
Here are my intentions for the month:
*Sources: Yoga Journal & University of Minnesota