There are many reasons that people decide to start practicing yoga, but there are two main reasons: the first being stress relief, and the second is to improve flexibility. Of course, yoga also provides other benefits: strengthening/toning the body, training yourself to breathe properly, and even lesser-known benefits such as weight loss or pain management. It seems, though, that many people are taking up yoga because they want to be more flexible, and that’s a great reason!
A huge percentage of people, especially as they age, experience troubles such as lower back pain, muscle knots, aching joints, and more. Yoga can help with all of these issues. Yoga for flexibility poses range from basic and very easy to the more intense and challenging poses, and they can target specific areas where you are feeling the most pain, stretching out those muscles, retaining your body to hold itself in ways that are more conducive to ease and comfort. As you become more flexible and mobile, you’ll find that you strain those same muscles less (as they are stronger and more flexible) and experience far less pain.
There are a number of poses that work specifically well for lower back pain, such as the forward bend, and the half-spinal twist. These target specific muscle groups and alleviate aches and pains as you master them.
Other poses exist for different types of pain, such as ankle pain, hip placement issues, neck pain, and so much more. You’ll start out with beginner poses that are low-impact and easy to master and work your way up to more advanced, expert poses that will challenge both your mind and body.
An added bonus is that as you master these poses to alleviate your pain, you’re also strengthening and toning other areas of your body and getting more fit (not to mention doing great things for your mental health, energy, and immune system) at the same time! Yoga is an all-encompassing beneficial system. It’s so much more than just a quick and easy “exercise routine”.
Trying yoga to help alleviate pain, strengthen muscles and promote flexibility is a wonderful idea for any person, no matter their age, gender or even if they have health issues (yoga is low impact so risk of injury is quite low – as always, though, consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise practice). More and more people are taking up yoga to help with their flexibility issues, since they can do it right from the comfort of their own home through online classes and tutorials, apps, DVDs, books and pretty much whatever medium they are comfortable with. It’s easy to begin, without the need for tons of exercise equipment, expensive classes (many are free or low cost) or special uniforms or exercise gear/clothing.
Yoga can do so much for flexibility with easy to master, peaceful movements. You’ll be pain free and more flexible than ever in no time. Try yoga today and see for yourself how flexible you can be.