Can Your Yoga Fitness Routine Reduce Stress During the Holidays?
Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!
As you know, the Holidays are fast approaching, and with so much emphasis on shopping and eating, it’s easy to end up sacrificing your fitness routine. Plus, the Holidays can add a significant level of stress, causing your heart to work overtime and affecting your health. But don’t worry, there’s good news!
Did you know that practicing Yoga (especially during the busiest time of the year) will help reduce your stress? It’s true! Yoga exercise does more than burn calories and tone – it can help reduce stress, providing a total mind and body workout. Studies have shown that stress and overindulgence contribute to the soaring rate of heart attacks during the Holidays, so reducing your stress at this time of year can be critical to your health.
Are you ready to get a head start on your Yoga fitness before the Holidays arrive? Finding the right Yoga class will be the key to keeping you motivated and helping you reach your desired goals.
Whether you attend group classes or practice at home, you will see a marked difference in how you feel from day to day.
Benefits of Yoga-
- Breath Control (Reduce Stress) – In Yoga practice, you will learn about conscious breathing, which activates the cerebral cortex in the brain, which then impacts your emotions. Focusing on conscious breathing with each movement helps to reduce stress on both your body and mind.
- Improved Balance – Balance is vitally important in reducing the risk of a fall, and will help with reaction time in preventing a fall. Balance is needed in just about everything you do, from walking, to navigating stairs, to tying your shoes. There are many Yoga poses that help with posture and improve balance, to help you stay steady.
- Increased Flexibility – Stretching is an integral part of flexibility. Yoga poses focus on stretching, flexibility and balance, and some forms of Yoga also improve cardiovascular health. Staying active and maintaining flexibility can reduce chronic back pain, and may increase independence in aging. Less stress, steady balance, and increased flexibility are all great reasons to practice Yoga! Yoga is an enjoyable way to manage the toll of Holiday stress on both body and mind. So, this year get an early start on your fitness goals and help prepare your body for the busy days to come.
Wishing you happy, stress-free, Yoga Holidays!