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50 Benefits of Yoga
Posted June 17, 2009 by JeffBehar

50 Life Changing Benefits of Yoga

By Jeff Behar, MS, MBA

There is no discrepancy anymore regarding the numerous health benefits of yoga. Many people from many walks of life around the world practice yoga for many different reasons. One of the foremost reasons why people want to start practicing yoga is to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful. However, there are many numerous benefits to the body that practicing yoga can also bring.

Main Benefits of Yoga

There are many benefits of yoga for the body. Some of the most common include:

Improvement in flexibility and mindfulness. With Yoga, your body will become more flexible, it will increase your reflect a lot and you will be able to do a lot of posture without having any difficulties.

Improvement in muscle tone. By practicing Yoga, it will make your muscle tone more better. Helping you to maintain posture and balance when stretching.

Reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga will make you more relaxed, and make your mind peaceful, that will help you to decrease your stress, reduce stress related diseases, such as hypertension. Yoga will make your blood pressure more stable, it could decrease your blood pressure if it is high.

Improvement in strength. With regular practice of yoga you will also feel more stronger than before. Your physical ability will greatly increase.

Weight control. Doing yoga helps burn calories, and helps you maintain your body weight.

Slow or stop bone density loss. Doing yoga helps stop bone density loss.

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Common Types of Yoga
Posted March 18, 2009 by JeffBehar



All About YogaYoga is very beneficial to the mind and body, and as such yoga centers around the world are filling up.

Common Types of Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga, or power yoga, is an ancient system of yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. In the U.S., it is taught as an aggressive workout where you move quickly from one pose to another to build strength and endurance. There is little emphasis on meditation with Ashtanga, and at the end of the session you will feel more like you have completed a traditional weight-training or calisthenic workout than you would with any other type of yoga. Ashtangais more of a physically challenging workout.


Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga is practiced in a room (sometimes unventilated) heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The objective is to loosen muscles and to sweat to cleanse the body and remove symptoms of disease and chronic pain. To my knowledge, there hasn't been any research on the safety or efficacy of Bikram, and so I don't recommend it because of the potential risk of dehydration, blood pressure changes, and cardiac problems with exertion in such an inhospitable environment. This is particularly so for individuals who may have an existing heart problem or high blood pressure but don't know it. Bikram has grown in popularity, and some people swear by it. I recommend that you speak with your physician first if you are determined to try it.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is the most popular type of yoga taught in the U.S., was developed by Yogi Swatmarama in India in the 15th century. Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced type in the U.S. and is excellent for beginners. It is gentle with slow and smooth movements, and the focus is on holding the poses and integrating your breathing into the movement. It's a great introduction to yoga as it incorporates many different asanas, as well as pranayamas and chanting. Hatha yoga will prepare you for other yoga types that might be taught at your yoga center. Hatha is a great way to stretch, work your muscles, get in touch with your body, relax, and decrease stress.

Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini yoga focuses on psycho-spiritual growth and the body's potential for maturation, giving special consideration to the role of the spine and the endocrine system in the understanding of yogic awakening. The practice of kundalini yoga consists of a number of bodily postures, expressive movements and utterances, cultivation of character, breathing patterns, and degrees of concentration. You might find Kundalini physically and mentally challenging if you're a beginner and unfamiliar with yoga poses, chanting, and meditation, and so Hatha or any beginner class is probably a better way to go.

Lyengar Yoga
Lyengar yoga is a form of yoga that uses poses similar to Hatha, but it focuses more on body alignment and balance, holding poses longer, and using props such as straps, blankets, and blocks. It's also a good choice for beginners.

About the Author

Jeff Behar, MS, MBAJeff Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, anti aging and alternative medicine. His work also often appears in several of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on major health, and fitness websites. Behar is also a well sought after personal trainer, motivational speaker, and weight loss expert.




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Everyone Needs Yoga
Posted March 18, 2009 by JeffBehar



All About YogaYoga is very beneficial to the mind and body. There is no discrepancy anymore regarding the numerous health benefits of yoga. As the many health benefits of yoga are becoming more known, and they are confirmed by the medical community, yoga centers around the world are filling up. These yoga centers are becoming the new Starbucks; a new meeting place for many.

Yoga Health Benefits for the Body

There are many benefits of yoga for the body. Some of the most common include:
  • Improvement in muscle tone. By practicing Yoga, it will make your muscle tone more better. Helping you to maintain posture and balance when stretching.

  • Improvement in flexibility and mindfulness. With Yoga, your body will become more flexible, it will increase your reflect a lot and you will be able to do a lot of posture without having any difficulties.

  • Improvement in strength. With regular practice of yoga you will also feel more stronger than before. Your physical ability will greatly increase.

  • Weight control. Doing yoga helps burn calories, and helps you maintain your bodyweight.

  • Slow or stop bone density loss. Doing yoga helps stop bone density loss.

  • Reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga will make you more relaxed, and make your mind peaceful, that will help you to decrease your stress, reduce stress related diseases, such as hypertension. Yoga will make your blood pressure more stable, it could decrease your blood pressure if it is high.

About the Author

Jeff Behar, MS, MBAJeff Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, anti aging and alternative medicine. His work also often appears in several of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on major health, and fitness websites. Behar is also a well sought after personal trainer, motivational speaker, and weight loss expert.




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