Yoga exercises combine breathing exercises with physical postures - simple and effective body movements that strengthen one's back, firm the stomach, and redistribute body weight.
While yoga evolved as a spiritual practice in Hinduism, more commonly now, a part of yoga, known as Asana, has grown popular as a form of purely physical exercise. Today, yoga exercises have little or nothing to do with Hinduism or spirituality, but are simply a way of keeping fit and healthy.
Some benefits of yoga are:
Increasing Flexibility – some yoga exercises work on the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really exercised.
Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons – likewise, the well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body.
Detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as “massaging” the various organs, yoga exercises help improve blood circulation to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins as well as providing nourishment to various parts of the body, which of course leads to benefits such as delayed ageing and increased energy.
Toning of the muscles – Yoga exercises help to stimulate muscles that have become flaccid or weak to shed excess flab, and this is useful in weight loss programs.
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