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  Why should you do yoga?

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India. It was developed as a practice to unite the mind and body. There are many branches of yoga. All yoga styles can help balance your body, mind, and spirit, but they achieve it in various ways.

Some yoga styles are intense and vigorous. Others are relaxing and meditative. No matter which type you choose, yoga is a great way to stretch and strengthen your body, focus your mind, and relax your spirit.

Ultimate Benefits of Yoga 

1. Yoga is the ultimate stress reliever.

Feeling a little high-strung? Head to a yoga studio. Research shows the practice can reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. Yoga may even reduce symptoms of more serious mental health issues like anxiety.

2. It's a good workout.

 

Yoga may not scream "heart pumping cardio," but trust us, it's one of the best ways to get some exercise. Research shows yoga is a healthy way to lose weight, particularly for middle-age individuals. Take that, elliptical.

3. It's an excellent way to strength train.

Yoga engages so many muscle groups, from your core to your arms. It's a great way to swap your weights every once and a while for something different. Don't believe us? Try these moves and feel the burn.

4. It can make your mind sharper.   

Boost that noggin with a few Sun Salutations or Downward Dog poses. Exercise is a natural way to sharpen your memory. Yoga, in particular, may also help boost brain function and improve reaction time post-workout, Runner's World reported

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5. Yoga can ease pain.

Neck pain, knee pain, back pain... you get the idea. Yoga is the antidote to these types of ailments. The practice can help relieve chronic pain, according to Harvard Medical School. Here are a few yoga moves you can try the next time your body is begging for a little relief.

 

6. It can help you sleep.

Forget the sleep aids, allow yoga to lull you into a soft slumber. Research shows the practice can help with insomnia. And with it's calming benefits, there's no doubt your mind will be relaxed and prepped for rest. Try one of these nighttime yoga moves for better sleep.

7. The practice could be good for migraines.

Head pain, begone. A 2007 study found that yoga helped reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines in sufferers. Talk about therapeutic.

8. It can put you in the mood.

If you want to turn up the heat in the bedroom, you might want to head to the yoga studio first. Research suggests the activity can increase sexual satisfaction. And here's proof it's not just a female activity: Studies show that sexual performance is enhanced for both women and men when they practice yoga.

9. It makes you more flexible and balanced.

 Say goodbye to klutziness. A regular yoga practice can help improve your balance and muscle flexibility. And don't stress if you're a beginner: There are ways to modify yoga poses to fit your not-so-limber limbs until you're a more seasoned pro. Check out these moves to help you get started.

10. It may lead to a happier state of mind.

Who wouldn't have a joyful disposition after they've just had a calming, yet challenging workout? Studies suggest that practicing yoga can boost your mood. Namaste to that.