How good is yoga for you really?
The yoga trend might not be new, but it is definitely becoming increasingly popular. Celebrities tote their yoga mats with them everywhere, and even shows like “Orange is the New Black” feature scenes of prison yoga. So how good is yoga for you really? What are the real benefits of yoga? Read on to see what all the hype is about and if yoga is the workout for you.
According to the Huffington Post, The Eastern practice of yoga has become a modern-day symbol of peace, serenity and well-being in the West. More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, according to the 2012 Yoga in America study, with practitioners spending more than $10 billion a year on yoga-related products and classes. The mind-body practice is frequently praised for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers a wide range of physical health benefits that rival other forms of exercise.
Some of the benefits of yoga include:
- Improved Brain Function
- Lower stress levels
- Increased flexibility
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Reduced Chronic Neck Pain
- Anxiety relief
- Improved Sense of Balance
Not sure where to start? Check out this article from Ladies Home Journal to try your hand at some simple poses. Looking to finish your yoga session with a new smoothie recipe? We at tera’swhey love this Tropical Breeze Smoothie that includes blueberries, pineapple and tera’swhey Organic Vanilla Protein Powder. Namaste!
Tera’swhey Tropical Breeze
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 teaspoon shredded coconut or coconut milk
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop tera’swhey Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
Mix for 30 seconds in a blender and enjoy!