“yoga has the potential to be a cost-effective treatment and prevention strategy given its low cost, lack of expensive equipment or technology, potential greater adherence and health-related quality of life improvements, and possible accessibility to larger segments of the population.”
Because of its emphasis on breath, yoga is a great reset for your nervous system. And that has a beneficial impact on your hormones, your mental and emotional state, and your health overall. So whether you are doing a slow hatha yoga class or a vigorous vinyasa, never underestimate the benefits of yoga!
This review of 37 randomized controlled trials found improvements in:
- BMI (body mass index)
- Blood Pressure
- Lipid levels (cholesterol)
and that it was more accessible and helpful for “patients with lower physical tolerance like those with pre-existing cardiac conditions, the elderly, or those with musculoskeletal or joint pain.”
So what are you waiting for? Grab your mat, and practice. Whether you go to a class, use a DVD or just practice on your own, you will be doing yourself a world of good!