More and more people are turning to yoga as their exercise. If you are one of them, you’d be interested to know that there are a lot of benefits to yoga than just weight loss. Yoga can help your lungs, heart, nervous system, immune system and of course, your balance, flexibility and strength. How does this happen?
You’ve heart all about the breathing exercises that are part of yoga. In fact, it is not a passing instruction for yoga. Each movement or pose is accompanied by either an inhale or an exhale. This helps strengthen your lungs and improve blood flow.
As you age, you will notice that it is harder to bend and reach for objects on the floor. It may also be harder to get up from your bed in the morning or get up from your chair. Yoga can help you with those. At first, it will be hard, even next to impossible, to do the difficult yoga poses. If you keep doing yoga several times a week, you’ll notice your body becoming more flexible and soon, some of the aches will also start to disappear.
The good thing about yoga is that while you are helping your body become more flexible, you are also helping it become stronger. It is similar to going to the gym to lift weights. In doing yoga, though, you lift your own weight to develop muscle strength. If you go to the gym, your muscles will indeed become stronger, but at the expense of your flexibility.
Finally, balance is also a focus of yoga. It teaches you to be constantly aware of where your body is, what space it occupies and how you distribute your weight. It can be good training for you if you plan to be a waitress and would need to carry those trays full of dishes.
Having these benefits in mind, you’ll also be happy to know that you can attend FREE yoga classes in Chicago. Every Wednesday, from June 1 to August 31, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The classes will be at the Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St. Great Lawn.
A healthy mind and body is a great thing to have this summer. So, make the most of what are for FREE in Chicago. Go for FREE yoga.