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5 Reasons to Take up Yoga Now




By Allison Whitehead

Yoga is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise around, and more and more people are taking it up every day. Here are five good reasons why you should join them now:

1 - It's a low impact form of exercise.
Unlike jogging or running, yoga doesn't put a strain on your joints, so it's ideal for people who cannot tolerate or simply don't like more stressful forms of exercise. You will still be able to tone up your physique, but you won't have to push yourself to the limits to get it.

2 It's relaxing.
Unlike many forms of exercise, yoga is actually extremely relaxing and enjoyable to do. Many people have said that practising yoga on a regular basis helps them to de-stress after a hard day at work (and it actually stops them from getting so stressed in the first place). It also promotes calmness and helps you to feel more grounded in life; you will feel more at peace with your mind and body.

3 It can help alleviate physical ailments.
Because of its low impact status, yoga is an ideal activity to try for those people who suffer from physical ailments, such as back ache. It is also thought to help reduce pain, and many doctors are now beginning to recommend yoga as a form of treatment. It can also help with weight loss, and many people believe that those who practise yoga on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from a wide range of ailments in the first place.

4 It helps to improve your general fitness.
If you're looking to get fit, yoga might not be the first activity that springs to mind. But it's actually one of the best all round fitness and wellbeing activities you could choose. Not only does it gradually improve your general fitness levels, it also helps you gain a better posture, promotes better muscle strength, and gives you a greater flexibility. It can also reduce your blood pressure, and leads to a whole host of other long term health benefits. Ultimately, it will give you bags more energy.

5 It promotes a healthy mental state.
Because yoga is a gentle, low impact, easy to follow activity, it has continually brought great benefits to people that suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, stress, and other mental ailments. Yoga also teaches you better breathing techniques, which stay with you even when you're not doing it keeping you calmer throughout your everyday life.
 
 
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Allison Whitehead is the joint owner of http://www.smoo-multimedia.co.uk which has information on Yoga for Beginners visit http://tinyurl.com/kp6v9 for more details.

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