Yoga is the Hindu practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that has been practiced around the world for more than 5,000 years. Interestingly, close to 11 million Americans have enjoyed the physical and mental health advantages provided by this practice.

One of the main benefits provided by yoga is improved flexibility. Yoga works by slowly stretching your muscles, which releases the lactic acid that has built up over time. Lactic acid is a contributing factor to everyday stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga extends the range of motion joints can move, along with increasing the amount of lubrication in these areas.

Practicing more vigorous styles of yoga can help you improve muscle tone. Many poses, like the downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose build upper-body strength. Standing poses build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. When practiced correctly, nearly all yoga poses develop core strength deep in the abdominal muscles.

The increased flexibility and strength that the regular practice of yoga provides leads to better posture in the long-term. Yoga also helps to increase bodily awareness that will alert you when you are slouching or slumping in a chair.

Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves, which can in turn improve sports performance and endurance. Also, most forms of yoga emphasize the deepening and lengthening of your breath, which stimulates the relaxation response. Even beginners tend to feel less stressed after their first class!

Practicing yoga provides countless benefits to your physical and mental health. In addition to improving flexibility, muscle tone, posture, and breathing, yoga also can improve concentration and has been known to lower blood pressure and slow heart rates.

At Tranquiliti Wellness Center, we offer regular Orlando yoga classes to help soothe your mind and body. To learn how to sign up for classes at our Orlando wellness center, give us a call today at (407)448-0244.