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Having been experienced yoga’s healing powers both mentally and physically is an inspiring story to share.

Weight loss, a strong and flexible body, glowing beautiful skin, peaceful mind, good health – whatever you may be looking for, yoga has it on offer and I can definitely attest to that.

Here are the 5 positive benefits I gained from doing Yoga for almost 3 years;

1. Gives you peace of mind
It slows down the mental loops of frustration, regret, anger, fear, and desire that can cause stress.

2. Builds muscle strength
Each asana poses have its own importance in our body and one of which is to build muscle strength. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.

3. Makes you happier

One study found in the website is that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol.

Whether is just sitting in lotus or doing back bends, it would really make a difference in enhancing your mode.

4. Helps you focus

Through meditation, you would feel less distracted by your own thoughts, which can play over and over like an endless tape loop. Regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time & memory, which in turn help people assimilate balance in the fast-faced environment of today’s world.

5. Improves your flexibility
– Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.

I consider Yoga as a gift of life that everyone should celebrate by continuously practicing the asanas. The deeper you move into your yoga practice, the more profound are its benefits.

Rola Angelica De Vera
IHAyoga student