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How Yoga Can Benefit You Physically and Mentally

May 19, 2017
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Yoga: Some people don’t think they’re the type to ever try it, but what is it and what are the benefits?

Google Definition: Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.


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1. Improves Flexibility

The poses are known for twisting you up into a pretzel, albeit a peaceful one that increases muscle plasticity.

2. Assists in Relaxation

It helps to center the body, by incorporating deep breathing exercises and meditation techniques.

3. Overall body pain reduce

No movement can often stiffen the body making it rigid. Haven’t you heard to “stretch” before you run? The thought is to warm up the muscles before you begin. But in reality, stretching after a work out or at least working up a sweat is recommended to alleviate lactic acid build-up. It can help the body feel less stiff and in less pain.

4. Helps tone muscle

The stretching and held poses helps to build lean muscle mass. Depending upon ones BMI and the type you choose, you can burn up to 550 calories in one session.

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5. Supports weight loss

If you’re burning on average of 500 or more calories and eating a healthy meal, you will lose weight.

6. Promotes better circulation

A part of the stretching-type of exercise and poses is to get the blood flowing.

7. Fosters endurance

Work out your core muscles: Regain your mental and physical balance, all while gaining more stamina. They sometimes might seem like silly poses, but can be as satisfying of a workout as weightlifting.


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Founded by John Friend, this is a modern version of Hatha. Anusara means “flowing with grace” or “going with grace” and draws upon tantric principles.


Breathing practices, which intertwines with posture poses in order to help control both breathing and the physical body.


This type of yoga involves 5-6 poses, which are done by using props that allow for complete rest and relaxation.


Hinduism schools Shaktism and Tantra influence kundalini also called laya. It’s a combination of movement, breathing and chanting.

BikramHow Yoga Can Benefit You Physically and Mentally

Also nicknamed “hot yoga” because it’s a series of 26 poses done in a room with the temperature at 105 degrees.

Viniyoga works off of four pain principles: repetition and stay, function over form, breath and adaptation, and art and science of sequence.


Considered to be a derivative of Vinyasa. It is more strenuous workout than the other types and involves Ashtanga. It’s a series of movements from static poses to moving, from sitting to standing.


Originally created by B.K.S. Iyengar and is similar to Hatha. The primary focus is on precision, alignment, and posture as well as breath control.


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The simple translation for vinyasa is “arranging something in a special way.” Which is what you do, essentially contort the limbs into various poses. It’s synchronizing breath with poses.


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Whether you believe it or not, poses such as Natarajasana otherwise known as Lord Dancer Pose is said to be sacred. It’s meant to help would be yogi’s connect to cosmic energy. Poses such as this one helps with concentration, focus, and balance. It also helps to stretch the body.

The Yoga Journal better explains in detain the symbolism behind the Lord Dancer Pose.

“Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) is an homage to this idea that you can be steady and joyful at your center while change happens around you. When you make the shape of the pose, you embody both the wheel of samsara and the hub. As you settle into this backbend, balanced steadily on your standing leg, your heart lifted and open, feel free to reach a hand forward in one of several positions. “


It’s not just physical benefits that you get from yoga. According to a Time article, “Yoga and the Mind: Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Major Psychiatric Disorders?” The article explains how yoga can help in conjunction with psychotropic medications:

“The researchers focused on 16 studies that recorded the effects of practicing yoga on mental-health issues ranging from depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints and eating disorders to cognitive problems. They found positive effects of the mind-and-body practice for all conditions with the exception of eating disorders and cognition. Those studies involved too few participants or produced conflicting results to draw any meaningful conclusions.”

It seems that yoga can help improve both our physical appearance and our mental health. However, this is one bendy exercise is expensive, as monthly memberships aren’t cheap. According to an Atlantic article, yoga memberships range from $100-200 per month!

How Yoga Can Benefit You Physically and Mentally


Perhaps due to time constraints and a busy schedule, unfortunately going to a yoga studio is out of the question. Nonetheless, you wish to give yoga a shot and namely without paying costly yoga studio prices. Then maybe you should seriously consider 310Nutrition’s yoga bundle.

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    • Christina, neither did I!!! It took me researching ad then I found out. I think that beginners usually fall under the Hatha Yoga because that’s the most common. The Hot Yoga is a lot harder. The “Power Yoga” is also harder. 🙂

  1. I have a friend who teaches Bikram yoga and has traveled all over the world with it. It’s quite neat. I myself need to get more into yoga … It’s so good for you!

    • I wish Bikram wasn’t so expensive. That’s the only thing. I love Bikram because it’s so beneficial for your body!!! But there are plenty of groupon discounts that I’m sure some of us can take advantage of. I like to sweat with Bikram. I bet you can lose a ton of weight! Is your friend shredded? I bet they are! Every Yoga person has the best body ever!

  2. I’ve always wanted to try yoga. I don’t think I have the stamina for it lol. I would like to try it just for clearing my mind and learning how to relax and zone out. Will look into it a bit more. Great post!

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    • Arcasela, I tried hot yoga or Bikram and it was amazing. I felt way better after. I think Hatha Yoga is common to start with Vinyasa. But, I’m not a “Yogi” either, so I’m no expert. However, according to my research Hatha & Vinyasa are both good for beginners. Like you, I also enjoy the relaxation element of it all!


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