Tone Your Body and Brain

For years yoga was considered a practice embraced by eastern monks and “new agers.” But today many people are practicing yoga, even children and seniors, because this mind-body exercise has the power to help your health in many ways.
Yoga is more than just a workout, although it can serve as a great way to get strength training built into your fitness routine. In fact, it’s the only strength training I do. I don’t like lifting weights, and have never been able to stick with it.
There are four components to yoga — postures, breathing practices, deep relaxation (my favorite) and mediation — all of which can transform your health on many levels.
It’s also a great stress reliever. Yoga simultaneously releases stress while improving strength, balance, flexibility and overall health. There is not a pill out there that does all this, and all of yoga’s side effects are good!
   So what does yoga do?
It revs up you immunity by raising levels of natural, disease-fighting antioxidants in your body.
It activates areas of your brain that increase joy and diminish negative emotions linked to stress.
It relieves depression, anxiety and stress, and increases energy levels.
It helps with balance, which we need more of as we age.
And the mediation component of yoga might delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related declines in memory     Yoga switches on genes in our bodies that promote good health in as little as 8 weeks. I love yoga for the way it makes me feel, the way it tones my body, and the peace of mind it gives me right after a class and beyond.
So … better wrap up here …or I will miss my yoga class!

Lisa Burbage

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