Yoga: The Feel Good Drug, and why it ROCKS!

When thinking about working out many of us head for some running shoes, grab a sweat towel and prepare for a hard core, out of breath work out.  Not many of us think of yoga as a work out.  It seems to be thought of the activity that is, well, easy.  While yoga is quite the calming exercise it still can be as challenging as running a 5K!  

Don’t be fooled by the cute workout attire, or the awesome colored mats that you may buy- this workout rocks and your body and mind will love you for it!  So, why do we love yoga so much?  

1. Flex
Yoga helps to increase flexibility, strength, and stamina.  An increase in your flexibility helps you to keep from getting hurt and helps to condition your body to be able to perform better in other activities.    

2. Balance
Maybe you’ve been one of those folks that is having a great workout rocking on the treadmill then all of a sudden you’re “that guy” at the gym that is face down with the treadmill belt painting some skid marks on your face.  Okay, so maybe this hasn’t happened to everyone, but now you may understand the importance of physical balance.  
The CDC explains that one in three Americans who are at least sixty-five years old will fall over the course of a year. Young people are much more able to bounce back up from a fall, but for older folks it can be debilitating.  So start fine tuning those skills early!

3. Calm & Well
With each yoga pose you could be improving issues that encompass psychological issues.  Many of those involved in yoga have reported that decreased signs of depression and anxiety and increases in concentration and creativity.   Harvard Health Publication studies have suggested that yoga helps to tame stress responses.

4. Circulation
Since those symptoms of depression or anxiety are on the low so will your blood pressure and heart rate.  This not only is awesome for your body but will aid in sleeping patterns and posture.  Many have found that respiratory efficiency will increase which also leads to immunity to certain infections and diseases.  Talk about the domino effect!  There are even certain poses that help specifically with circulation.

5. Detox
Yoga is a great  place to start detoxifying your body. Yoga not only helps to tone and shape the outer muscles, but it helps to workout the inner organs as well, such as your liver and kidneys.  

When you give your insides a good workout they begin to work at optimum levels and can perform better.   When these organs aren’t working optimally your body will tend to hold on to those extra pounds.

Yoga reaches out to a lot of different parts of our mind and body.  The benefits are wide reaching and can be easily attained.  You’ll find you have more patience with others and you will find a sense of calmness. Yoga also causes a release of serotonin, which is often referred to as the body feel good hormone.  Many local gyms and fitness centers are starting to offer more and more yoga classes.  

This Wellness Wednesday the University Wellness Program is partnering with the Gardens of the Coastal Plain and presenting Yoga in the Garden.  Come enjoy a calming workout Wednesday, October 31st at 4:30-5:30pm!

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