You’ve heard about the craze: hot yoga studios, yoga retreats, celebrities turned yoginis, citywide early morning classes. It seems like everyone has jumped on the yoga train and for good reason: the exercise can improve health, heal aches, and keep sickness away.

Not ready to break out the mat yet? Consider a few additional benefits from practicing yoga:

  • Building muscle: As you stretch in and out of a warrior one pose, you’ll be accessing muscles you may not even known you have. With continuous practice, your muscles will be stronger and leaner.
  • Improve health issues: Experiencing high blood pressure, increased back pain, or high blood sugar? Yoga may help regulate spikes, while increasing weight loss, lowering the body’s cortisol levels, and increasing flexibility.
  • Lifestyle changes: Yoga’s affecting more than just your physical body. It’s been shown that yoga can help your mind feel less frustrated, stressed, or agitated. It may also increase your self-esteem and encourage self-care.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of benefits from yoga.

Before you completely write-off yoga as another exercise fad, give the workout a try. You may be surprised at the change in physical, mental, and emotional health. Namaste!

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