Yoga offers lots of fitness rewards

I feel that I have more endurance and am proud that I can support my body weight for extended periods of time

I’ve recently signed up for yoga classes. I’ve realized that it’s a great way to improve both strength and flexibility. What’s beneficial about yoga is that anybody of any fitness level can participate in it. The class can be easily organized to cater to any intensity. While various styles of yoga focus on relaxation, other types demand more movement and are quite strenuous. I’ve learned that different poses or asanas are always a major part, as is a focus on breathing. Yoga poses are intended to stretch the muscles and work to increase range of motion. Following a yoga session, my body always feels loose and energized. I don’t deal with as much fatigue or stiffness when I get out of bed in the morning, or following a day sitting at my desk at work. Not longer after I started taking yoga classes, I began to see the benefits. Although I’ve never been naturally flexible, the odd poses have really made an improvement. While in a standing position, I can now bend from the waist, keep my legs straight and fully flatten my hands on the floor. That is an accomplishment I never believed that I’d achieve. I have tried both ashtanga and power yoga, and they are extremely physical. At first, I had a tough time maintaining the more demanding poses. As I’ve gained strength and muscle tone, I’ve gotten a bit better. I have such a feeling of accomplishment and it motivates me to try harder and get in even better shape. I feel that I have more endurance and am proud that I can support my body weight for extended periods of time. A few of the poses, such as the plank position and upward dog are good for building upper-body strength. The resting poses are better for the hamstrings, quadriceps and abdominal muscles. Nearly all of the maneuvers help to build core strength.

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