Yoga, a 5,000-year-old spiritual system, is now ubiquitous in the United States.
There seems to be a type of yoga practice for everyone. Some are based on toning, stretching and strength, while others are devoted to relaxation and meditation.
Practicing yoga -- as part of an overall healthy lifestyle – can:
- help lower blood pressure,
- increase lung capacity,
- improve respiratory function,
- improve balance
- boost circulation and
- tone muscles.
- It also can give you a sense of well-being while building strength.
Flexibility activities are an appropriate part of a physical activity program. However, yoga does not count toward the 150-minutes-per-week of recommended moderate activity. That’s due in part because some forms of yoga do not raise the heart rate enough to achieve moderate intensity aerobic activity for a sustained period.
If you have a chronic condition, check with a doctor first to see which types and amounts of yoga practice is safe for you.