Yoga, with its 5,000 year history, could be considered the “original” exercise program. Why, when other things seem to come and go, has yoga lasted this long? Perhaps the key is yoga’s unique combination of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
On the mat, yoga improves flexibility, muscle strength, physical endurance, and balance while providing beneficial weight bearing exercise to help strengthen bones. Yoga has been shown to help lower blood pressure in those with hypertension and lower blood sugar levels in those with non-insulin dependent diabetes. And, recent scientific studies demonstrate that yoga reduces the harmful effects of stress and increases brain health. WOW! Yoga has benefits “beyond the mat” by encouraging mindfulness, reducing anxiety, and encouraging the development of a positive body image.
Most importantly, yoga is for everyone regardless of age or fitness level. If you have questions about yoga classes at First Street Yoga, give us a call. We would love to hear from you!