The Benefits of Yoga for Women – A Total Workout For Your Body and Mind

The benefits of Yoga for women are that it is a total workout for your mind and body as a whole. It is an ancient practice that first originated in India and has now been around for over 5,000 years and is regularly practiced worldwide. Women of any shape or size can do yoga and there are many different styles of classes available with levels that range from total beginners to an advanced level.

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The Benefits of Yoga for Women

The health benefits of yoga are numerous and range from that it can help in decreasing your blood pressure, lowering your cholesterol and preventing heart disease to being of great benefit to those who suffer from arthritis and asthma, as well as being good for your overall well-being.

There are over 100 different types of yoga, that range from gentle and relaxing to fast paced and vigorous.There are also certain types of yoga that are suitable for when you are pregnant.

So while you may visualize yoga as just the repetitive act of getting your legs behind your head and you really can’t see yourself being that flexible. Or have absolutely no balance control whatsoever so think that yoga is definitely not for you, why not think again and give it a try.

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More Amazing benefits of Yoga

Yoga can improve your mood, reduce stress and lower your cortisol levels.

By focusing on your self awareness and freeing your mind of all distractions but the sensations you are feeling, you can increase your mental strength overall.

It relaxes you and improves your focus and mind clarity

Regular participation in yoga can help unwind your nervous system, helping you relax and get a better quality of sleep.

The constant controlled deep breathing you use in yoga improves the effectiveness of your normal breathing technique.

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There are specific yoga poses that target tension which can help ease migraines.

As it can help you breathe properly, it can also assist you in dealing with the changes in your body and the accompanying discomforts when going through menopause.

Certain types of yoga can build your physical strength as you are holding the poses and have to support your own body weight.

Different poses can also help improve your overall balance.

It strengthens and lengthens your muscles and can therefore improve your flexibility.

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It improves your posture, which is especially valuable if you are sat at a desk all day.

Can help relieve pain and certain types of yoga can help ease menstrual cramps.

Various yoga movements promote the flow of synovial fluid which helps prevent joint and cartilage deterioration and ease arthritic pain.

It increases the blood flow and circulation throughout your entire body which is especially beneficial to your hands and feet.

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Yoga can help fight food cravings and encourages you to think about your food choices.

It can even help with nicotine withdrawal cravings.

Can also boost your immune system and help the lymphatic system in getting rid of harmful toxins.

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Yoga has become one of the most popular forms of physical activity and it is estimated that over 2oo million people around the world practice it on a regular basis.

Every year on 21st June there is a celebration of yoga on the International Day of Yoga, this day was the first proposed by Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India in 2014

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
— Narendra Modi

Source: Wikipedia

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If you are regularly weight training yoga is also a great light activity to do on your active rest days from strength training. It can help increase your range of movement and assist in reducing muscle soreness and stiffness.

Classes

Yoga sessions are held practically everywhere on a regular basis and it shouldn’t be too hard to find one in your local area.

If you don’t fancy going out to a local yoga class you can pick up a cheap DVD or just follow one of the numerous videos available on YouTube.

I recently discovered a great new yoga website from Canada called ‘DoYogaWithMe’ which has hundreds of free yoga videos on it. Their videos include classes but also how to practice poses, breathing techniques as well as some anatomy videos. The actual yoga classes are available in three different levels of classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced.

They even do a ‘Transform your life 30 Day Yoga Challenge’ so why not have a look at their website today.

Yoga Mat

The only equipment you need is a decent quality yoga mat and you want one which is light enough to carry around if you need too. It needs to has an adequate amount of padding with also enough grip to prevent it from slipping throughout the session.

Sugarmat is a fairly new company that makes gorgeous designer Eco-friendly mats that are made from biodegradable tree rubber. They are hypoallergenic and can also be thrown in the washing machine and hung to drip dry. They come in a range of beautiful original designs that will make any fellow yogi jealous!

So if you haven’t got one yet why not visit them and  grab yourself a yoga mat so you can release your inner yogi!

I hope you enjoyed this post and even had a go of one of the free classes available on the great new website. If you have any comments or questions please leave them below…

 

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10 Responses

  1. Chantal says:

    Yoga is definitely great for you. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. audra says:

    Yoga is definitely beneficial for your body, mind, and soul!
    I’ve started doing some just recently, and so far am enjoying it. It wasn’t something I had ever thought of doing, but I made the decision to improve my health and wellbeing. I will definately be getting family and friends to do it.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Audra, 

      It’s great to hear you have recently started doing yoga as it will improve your well-being and overall health.

      Yes, try to encourage your friends and family to do it with you to keep you motivated – why not share this article with them so they can read about the benefits too! 🙂

  3. Win Bill says:

    Recently I’ve been practicing more more yoga. I am still not very good at it but I am noticing more and more of the great benefits that it can provide to the body. First of all, I noticed that I am more awake. Second of all, I noticed that I just need to take a very short break and then I’ll be completely refreshed again. I used to have a lot of neck problems and I always had stuff shoulders and yoga helped relieved a lot of that. Thank you for referring to that site with free yoga videos I am going to check it out.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Win Bill,

      Thanks for the comment, yes yoga has many benefits and can help with various alignment problems that cause things like neck problems. Glad you liked the yoga videos that I shared too. 

  4. Mark says:

    Yoga is a great way to train muscles that a conventional workout fails to tax. As a man, I love yoga too. I appreciated your reminder for folks to purchase a yoga mat. I used to go without and after I bought one, wow what a difference it made. Thanks for all of the time you put into your article. I enjoyed it.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your comment and I’m so pleased you liked the article. 

      Good to hear that you invested in a yoga mat as it does make a difference to your experience.

  5. Kelli says:

    I have recently been going to yoga regularly since I’ve been pregnant and can’t believe how great I feel! I had all these aches in my back before and now it feels amazing! I also love going for the atmosphere and am a lot happier and relaxed afterwards. I mainly do more cardio workouts and zumba which can be hard on my body so it’s great to go once a week for me and totally stretch out everything that has gotten tense throughout the week. I’m trying to convince my friend to start coming with me.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Congratulations on your upcoming new arrival!

      It’s great to hear that you have found a yoga class that is suitable and that it makes you feel so good. I hope you manage to convince your friend to join you in the class.

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