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Trying to Get Pregnant? Try Yoga — And Other Yoga Benefits You May Be Unaware Of

Trying to Get Pregnant? Try Yoga — And Other Yoga Benefits You May Be Unaware Of

Thursday was International Yoga Day, and to show my gratitude and appreciation for this calming, challenging and strengthening practice (which I’ve been doing fairly regularly for about 10 years!), I decided to write this week’s blog post on the topic.

Knowing that practicing yoga brings with it an abundance of health benefits, I thought I’d take the time to research the lesser known of these benefits — to really demonstrate how big of a rockstar-of-a-workout yoga really is.

Of course yoga improves strength, flexibility and balance, gets us in better shape and helps manage stress. However, there’s even more to it than that! Here are the benefits of a regular yoga practice that you may be unaware of:

1. Improved Mental and Emotional Health

Attending a yoga class fosters a sense of community; you’re all breathing and sweating through the poses together in a safe, comfortable space. Through this experience your brain releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, which in turn helps ease depression and anxiety.

2. Pain Relief

Regular stretching and strengthening of your muscles and joints, especially in a hot yoga class, helps alleviate chronic pain. Yoga can be particularly beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis pain.

3. Increased Fertility

Practicing yoga at least once or twice per week helps boost a woman’s fertility. This is thanks to improved blood flow to the reproductive organs as well as the management of stress levels.

4. Healthier Skin

The benefit of healthier skin is especially true in the case of hot yoga, in which the sweating helps move toxins out of the body. Yoga will also help reduce cellulite through the tightening of skin and increase in blood flow.

5. Cardiovascular Benefits

Yoga provides immense cardiovascular benefits, which means that it's great for heart health — all without feeling like you’re doing cardio. Win, win!

6. Asthma Relief

Pranayama, the breathing practice in yoga, has been shown to improve asthma symptoms. Relief, at last.

Plus, with practice you can do cool stuff like this...

So, how about winding down this evening with some yoga?


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