Why is yoga and stretching helpful?
The practice of yoga involves stretching the body and forming different poses while keeping breathing slow and controlled. The body becomes relaxed and energized at the same time. There are various styles of yoga, some moving through the poses more quickly, almost like an aerobic workout, and other styles relaxing deeply into each pose.
- Psychological: stress reduction, better sleep, improves mood, being more present in the current moment, gives our minds a break
- Physical: stretching and strengthening of muscles, mind-body connection, self-confidence, flexibility, lower heart rate, lower blood pressure