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Strike A Pose: The Surprising Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga does a lot more than make you look bikini ready in time for summer; it also comes with a myriad of health benefits. From improved flexibility to perfecting your posture, you can’t look past yoga as an all over health treatment.

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Who would have thought that striking a pose could improve your overall health and wellbeing? Well, the verdicts in and the surprising benefits of yoga are pretty fantastic.

Improves flexibility

Improved flexibility is one of the more obvious benefits of yoga and will make touching your toes that much easier. After a few yoga sessions you will feel a noticeable difference with your muscles and joints loosening and your posture improving.

Builds muscle strength

Strong muscles can protect you against back pain and arthritis and increases your strength without sacrificing flexibility. Whereas, traditional weight training to improve muscle strength often inhibits your flexibility, not to mention the lean muscle gained through yoga will make you look great in a bikini.

Perfects your posture

Poor posture can cause back pain, soreness in your neck and a myriad of other muscle and joint problems. Poor posture, or slumping can cause pain and degenerative arthritis in the spine that will be a real pain in the long-term. Strengthening your body by practicing yoga will promote good posture by developing a strong core and the flexibility you need to support the weight of your neck and head over long periods of time.

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Improves your bone health

Strengthening exercises such as yoga have been scientifically proven to decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis and can improve your overall bone health. This is because practicing yoga increases bone density in the vertebrae and lowers the amount of cortisol in the body. Too much cortisol prevents your bones from absorbing the calcium consumed through your diet, practicing yoga alters these damaging effects and ensures your bones are absorbing calcium the way they should.

Promotes relaxation

Finally, one of our favourite reasons yoga is a completely worthwhile form of exercise, is the fact that it helps you relax. Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath and focus on the present, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (or the fight-or-flight response) to the parasympathetic nervous system. The latter is calming and restorative, helping you to breathe slower and decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. This in turn creates what is often referred to as the ‘relaxation effect’ – the result being a calmer, more relaxed, happier you.

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September 1, 2015

Emotional Yoga : The Art of Bendy

Yoga is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding additions to your life. No matter what your personal goals are yoga will help you work towards them. If you?re looking to shape to flabby biceps, chisel your abdomen and get rid of negative emotions in your relationships then you should explore a few postures.SheSaid have selected two brilliant books to help you get started. Check out Emotional Yoga and Strike a Pose, Yoga for Switched on Living.

Emotional Yoga

Emotional Yoga by Bija Bennett looks at how the body can heal the mind through emotional and spiritual wholeness. The book starts of with an introduction to the tree of yoga and a look into the eight traditional limbs potentially present in every emotional experience. Amongst others, this list includes Love, Wisdom, Harmony and Allowance. The remainder of the book takes the reader though each limb in great detail and looks specifically at the physical and mental exercises you can use to affect that particular limb. Each posture has clear instructions on inhale and exhale points and the photos are useful, although it?s a pity the pictures are

to each pose. The last section of the book looks at staying supple and how to keep yourself free through the techniques of emotional walkabout and self-inquiry.

An integrated approach to healing the body and the mind.

Buy Emotional Yoga from the SheSaid bookshopStrike a Pose

Strike a Pose by Kris McIntyre and Kylie Jaye includes a quick glance at yoga history, philosophy and yoga today before it launches into the many the poses of Ki yoga. The book is very easy to follow and the instructions are well written. The use of wire-frame drawings makes each pose clear and the break out window with a quick overview of all the benefits is a great feel-good motivator to have beside you in between poses. The book works it?s way over the body with poses for the lower back, good digestion, heart and upper back colds

flu, strong bellies, blood pressure & circulation, flexibility and eyesight and many more targets. The end of the book includes a section on healthy food and relaxation techniques.

Practical yoga for switched on living.

Buy Strike a Pose from the SheSaid bookshop 

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