Yoga Today, Yoga Tomorrow

by: Jacy Leone

Think z-e-n. Relax the mind and body and become one with yourself. What is yoga? Yoga is a mind and body practice that uses various styles of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation and relaxation. Yoga can help promote not only physical health but mental health as well.

Practicing yoga has many health benefits for the body and the mind. With the relaxation techniques and physical postures of yoga, yoga can help lessen chronic pain, arthritis, headaches, and lower blood pressure (AOA, 2022). Yoga can also increase flexibility, strengthen muscle, improve respiration and energy levels, and improve cardiac and circulatory health.

One of the best benefits from yoga is the improvement of mental health. One can use yoga to help manage the mental and physical aspects of stress. Stress can wreak havoc on the mind and the body and can have lasting effects. The breathing techniques and meditation of yoga can help improve a person’s mental health. Yoga helps relax the mind, relieve chronic pain, improve mental clarity, and improve overall health (AOA, 2022).

Here are a few simple yet effective yoga poses:

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References

 Benefits of yoga. American Osteopathic Association. (2022). Retrieved April 7, 2022, from https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/

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Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Studies department