Yoga is an ancient practice that focuses on mindfulness, postures that increase flexibility and muscle strength, and balancing your energy throughout the mind and body. It improves quality of life and is adjustable to all expertise and age levels, so all generations can reap the rewards. For the ultimate experience, practice yoga in Bermuda surrounded by the ocean and sandy beaches. But no matter where you are yoga practices can be done, and the benefits are the same all around the world.
Yoga has many mental and physical benefits, but let’s focus on the physical reasons you should add yoga to your daily routine. Yoga protects the spinal disks, which absorb shock and prevent hernias and compressed nerves. The gentle bending motions stretch the spinal column and strengthen it.
Yoga sessions also help your posture. Have you noticed that you slouch a little sometimes when you sit? That can be corrected with only a few sessions of yoga a week. Yoga emphasized focus on your neck and back muscles, giving tips on how to keep your head from weighing down those areas and causing unwanted back hunching.
The expanding and contracting motions of yoga stretches also help drain lymph nodes, upping your bacteria defense and lowering the chance of cancer development. It also lowers blood pressure and blood sugar. It lowers LDL cholesterol, the bad kind, and raises HDL cholesterol, the good one.
If you’re a little clumsy, yoga improves balance. Standing postures, especially one-legged postures, help you get better at keeping your weight centered. Your shins will thank you for less scrapes and bruises while your lungs will thank you for increased breathing efficiency.
If you’re skeptical about practicing yoga, these reasons should encourage you to get out and try a few sessions. Invest in a good yoga mat and sign up for a class or program, even watch some YouTube videos and follow along.