Celebrate National Yoga Month By Hitting the Mat

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We’ve interrupted our downward facing dog pose to bring you this important message: we’re in the midst of National Yoga Month. People have been practicing yoga for thousands of years, and for a good reason. So if you haven’t hit the mat yet, here are some reasons why you’re going to want to soon. 

It’s no new information that yoga improves your flexibility and is a great way to stay fit. You can use a yoga breathing technique, called Kapalbhati, to tone the abdominal muscles. What’s more, yoga has been shown to decrease chronic lower back pain.

Yoga is also known as a way to relieve stress and detox your skin and body. That’s because it increases blood flow that helps flush the toxins out of your body, particularly when you do poses that incorporate twists and forward bends. And since stress causes you to age prematurely, why not de-stress with yoga? “Stress promotes inflammation and accelerates aging, so if yoga helps in that regard it is beneficial,” says Mountlake Terrace, WA, plastic surgeon Richard Baxter, MD.

There are also specific moves that you can do to turn back the clock. “Two of the main benefits of doing yoga are stress reduction and flexibility, and there are poses that are known as your anti-aging poses,” says Kimberly Fowler, owner of Yas Fitness Studios in Los Angeles. Go for inversion poses such as downward facing dog and cobbler’s pose, watch her demonstrate them in this video.

Yoga can even change your eating habits, or at least be more aware of them. Findings from a study suggest that yoga increases mindfulness in eating and leads to less weight gain aside from the actual exercise.

If these reasons don’t have you booking your next yoga class, then we don’t know what will. If you’re a regular yogi, be sure to tell us in the comments what changes you’ve noticed and your favorite pose.

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