Yoga is an ancient practice designed to strengthen the body, mind, and soul. It includes a variety of poses, breathing techniques, and meditation practices. There are several types of yoga, from gentle to athletic, depending on your goals. While each type provides different overall results, all yoga provides some essential benefits. It may be a great complementary therapy to your chiropractic treatment and overall wellness.
How Yoga Benefits the Mind and Body
Following are six of the most notable benefits of practicing yoga.
Relief from Aches and Pain
Yoga relieves muscles tension, improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, and helps to improve the overall function of the body. As such, it can help to alleviate pain throughout the body. This includes headaches, back pain, joint pain, and more. In addition to relieving pain, yoga can help prevent injuries and new pains from occurring.
Better Mental Health
Yoga is known for its stress-relieving qualities. Practicing yoga regularly supports mental clarity, mental and physical relaxation, and more. It can also improve your sleep, and a well-rested body can manage stress much better than a tired one.
Increased Strength and Flexibility
Yoga is a mixture of several things including stretching and muscle toning. By holding a stretching pose, you are stretching the muscle fibers and increasing your muscle endurance. And stretching muscle fibers improves blood flow to those areas, allowing them to work and heal properly.
Yoga naturally increases the body’s serotonin production. Serotonin is a hormone that affects the whole body and creates an overall sense of happiness and well-being.
Practicing yoga also helps to regulate cortisol levels. When your cortisol levels are too low, so is your energy. Through regular yoga practice, you can naturally improve your energy levels.
Improved Heart Health and Respiration
Yoga improves circulation throughout your body. It also lowers your blood glucose levels, your blood pressure, and your cholesterol. In short, it can help lower your risk of blood pressure issues, heart disease, stroke, and more.
Contact Our Mid-Valley Area Chiropractor to Learn More about Yoga
Want to gain these benefits and more? Our team is here to help. Let Dr. DePietro evaluate your current condition, range of motion, and medical status. From there, he can create a personalized stretching and exercise routine that suits your body and goals. For more information on the benefits of yoga or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, call DePietro Chiropractic & Wellness today at (570) 291-4450.