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The practice of yoga has many health benefits associated with it. Here are a few benefits of incorporating yoga into your  fitness program:

Blood pressure. A consistent yoga practice decreases blood pressure through better circulation and oxygenation of the body.

Pulse rate. A slower pulse rate indicates that your heart is strong enough to pump more blood with fewer beats. Regularly practicing yoga provides a lower pulse rate.

Circulation. Yoga improves blood circulation. By transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, yoga practice provides healthier organs, and skin.

Respiratory. Like the circulatory system, a lower respiratory rate indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently. Yoga decreases the respiratory rate through a combination of controlled breathing exercises and better fitness.

Cardiovascular endurance. A combination of lower heart rate and improved oxygenation to the body results in higher cardiovascular endurance.

Organs. Yoga practice massages internal organs, thus improving the ability of the body to prevent disease.

Gastrointestinal. Gastrointestinal functions have been shown to improve in both men and women who practice yoga.

Immunity. Yoga practice has frequently been correlated with a stronger immune system.

Pain. Pain tolerance is much higher among those who practice yoga regularly. In addition to pain tolerance, some instances of chronic pain, such as back pain, are lessened  through yoga.

Metabolism. Having a balanced metabolism results in maintaining a healthy weight and controlling hunger. Consistent yoga practice helps find the balance and creates a more efficient metabolism.

Aging. Yoga stimulates the detoxification process within the body. Detoxification has been shown to delay aging.

Posture. The very nature of yoga teaches you how to hold and control one’s body in a more healthful position.

Strength. One of the premises of yoga is that you are using the weight of your own body for overall strength.

Energy. Regular yoga practice provides energy. In fact when you perform your yoga correctly, you will feel energized after the yoga session rather than tired.

Weight. The benefits of a better metabolism along with the exercise of yoga work to keep your weight in check.

Sleep. Because of the many benefits to both body and mind that a yoga routine can provide, many find that their sleep is much better.

Balance. An integral part of the yoga practice is balance and control over your body. With a consistent practice, you will find that your overall balance will improve outside the yoga class.

Body Awareness. Doing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body. You are often called upon to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment.

Core strength. With a strong body core, you receive better posture and overall body strength. A strong core helps heal and reduce injuries. This is why a lot of athletes do yoga as cross training.

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