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Yoga: Strike a Pose for Proven Health Benefits

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“Yoga’s mood-enhancing benefits are similar to those for asthma—slowing the breath and heart rate to reduce the body’s stress response.”

I will admit, it took me a while to learn to love yoga, like not till I was in my 30s kind of long time. Now in my early 40s I have an even deeper love for the practice, as I can no longer do high impact activity to the extent that I used to do.

With Yoga being good for your heart as well, there is even more reason to love it, according to WebMD. “Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who've had a stroke.”

Sources:

“Proven Health Benefits of Yoga – MindBodyGreen.com.” Mind Body Green. Web 1 July 2015.
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1378/7-Proven-Health-Benefits-of-Yoga.html

“5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Yoga– HuffingtonPost.com.” The Huffington Post.” Web 1 July 2015.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/12/yoga-health-benefits_n_4768746.html

“The Health Benefits of Yoga – WEBMD.com.” WEBMD. Web 1 July 2015.
http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/the-health-benefits-of-yoga

Joanne Sgro-Killworth is a Television Fitness Expert, Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Nutritionist and Publicist. She is Certified in Pilates, Pre-natal/Post-Partum, Yoga and Senior Fitness. She specializes in Weight Loss, Post-Rehab and Post Cancer Training.

Joanne's fitness plans, recipes and lifestyle advice are available globally on her website http://www.happiwoman.com/. She resides in the Phoenix, AZ area with her husband and children, where she runs her fitness and publicity business, JSK PR, http://www.jskpr.com/

Reviewed July 2, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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