Why Try Yoga?

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There are many branches of yoga, a 5,000 year old discipline from India. Regardless of which type you choose, yoga is an excellent way to stretch and strengthen your body, focus your mind, and relax your spirit. No style is better than another; it’s 
a matter of personal preference.
Yoga has been known to increase your flexibility and reduce risk for injury. You can pick and choose which muscles to isolate and which to avoid for health reasons or previous injuries. Yoga can be enjoyed by any age and can be tailored to meet the health needs of most everyone.
Yoga can help soothe your mind and lower stress levels by focusing on the movements and the moment, so you avoid external distractions. By focusing on your breathing, you increase your awareness and concentration.
More energetic styles of yoga, such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga, stimulate strength and stamina as well as flexibility and relaxation. These may be more effective if your goal is weight loss.
Balancing poses require you to employ your core stabilizer muscles, which can help improve overall stability. Yoga positions strengthen and release tight areas of the body, which is necessary for good posture. It is good for overall toning of muscles without weight bearing or impact.
If you are considering yoga, speak with your health care professional to be sure it is recommended for you and if there are any limitations. Those limitations should be shared with your instructor so you will get the maximum benefit from the program without injury.