5 Reasons to Start Doing Yoga

By Jon Stiffler, PTA

5 Reasons to Start Doing Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice originating in India around 5000 years ago. The term itself is actually an old Sanskrit word meaning union; specifically union of body, mind, and spirit. The benefits of a daily practice are plentiful and can help multiple areas of life, both mental and physical.

  1. Yoga focuses on breathing techniques to allow optimal energy flow. As a result, this can help decrease anxiety, relax, and improve guarding and protective posturing after injury!
  2. Rid yourself of toxins! Some practices produce intense internal heat which purifies sweat and eliminates toxins from your body.
  3. Yoga focuses on improving balance and increasing core control. Balance improvement is progressed with increasingly difficult poses as you become more advanced.
  4. Enhance your posture! Often we sink into slouched postures throughout the day, and a daily practice can improve your postural awareness! Many poses focus on strengthening core muscles to help with neck and back pain caused by poor posture.
  5. Muscle endurance and flexibility are greatly improved through constant practice. Certain poses are used to increase your stretch and strength all at once! As a result, you can expect improvement in some sports.



Some of the more common yoga poses you can try at home include the following:

  • Downward Dog
  • Plank
  • Bridge
  • Chair
  • Warrior
  • Boat

If you would like more in-depth instruction on how to do these poses, please check out this article with 9 New Poses you can do at home.

Remember to talk to your instructor or physical therapist if you are injured or have physical limitations!

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