Benefits Beyond the Mat


Many work places now offer lunch-time yoga sessions because it’s been shown that yoga is an amazing stress buster. Any yoga practice, even a short daily one, should be made up of three elements; poses, breathing & meditation.

Studies have shown that those people who regularly practice all three elements are better able to regulate their heart-rate variability. This generally means that their heart rate is lower, giving the body the ability to respond to stress in a more flexible way.

Adding a few yoga poses to your daily routine can make you an emotionally stronger and happier person. A recent study has shown that practicing regular yoga meditation results in higher serotonin levels (the happiness hormone).

Another study has shown that the brain’s gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels are higher after practicing yoga. To put it simply, just 15 minutes of yoga a day can start changing your brain chemistry and improving your mood.

Regulate yoga practice will help stretch and tone your body muscles. Popular poses like the plank will simultaneously work on strengthening your core, and a few minutes a day practicing the warrior or the downward facing dog, will soon make you really feel the difference in your flexibility.

Daily yoga helps improve your posture, making you walk taller and sit up straighter (especially useful for those spending considerable time say at a desk). In short, what’s not to love?

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