If you own a yoga studio or offer yoga classes at your gym, you probably understand the life-changing benefits of yoga for your members. Here’s a refresher on the numerous perks of a consistent yoga practice. These are helpful for staff members to keep fresh in their minds to stay passionate about what they do. Yoga has the power to genuinely enhance your members’ quality of life, so share these benefits with interested attendees.
Improved respiration, energy, and vitality
According to Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini yoga instructor, “The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body.” Regular yoga participants find they can breathe better and have more energy. In addition, they have the endurance to remain active longer. Breathing techniques used in yoga provide increases in vital capacity.
Improved immune system
Yoga improves the immune system by reducing the amount of lymph in the body. Lymph is a fluid inside the body that is rich in cells that directly impact the immune system. As you move through various yoga poses, your muscles are stretched and internal organs move around. The lymph begins to actively drain. This drainage helps the body to fight infections, combat cancerous cells, and dispose of toxins in the body.
While yoga is great for any fitness level, most yoga poses require a certain level of flexibility. However, the more you practice yoga, the more flexible you will become. In a recent study, 26 male college athletes practiced yoga for just ten weeks and saw significant improvements in flexibility compared to the control group. A more flexible body means fewer injuries, less pain, and greater strength. That’s a win.
Cardio and circulatory health
Yoga promotes better circulation, which can directly improve heart health and reduce risk factors of heart disease. A study examined the effects of yoga on heart health for adults ages 40 and up. According to the results, participants who practiced yoga for more than five years had lower blood pressure and a lower pulse rate than those who did not.
Protection from injury
Yoga focuses on restoring the body to a state of balance and equilibrium, and this can help prevent injuries. Some other sports may impact muscles or joints, and yoga can help reveal these asymmetries. Identifying imbalances before they lead to injury is one of the foundational strengths of yoga.
There are a variety of yoga forms to practice, and some are more physically active. While Hatha Yoga is the more traditional form of yoga, Ashtanga is considered quite rigorous. This is due to its rapid movements and emphasis on core and upper body exercises. When yoga is coupled with improved nutrition and cardio and/or weight training, participants can benefit from weight loss.
According to a study done by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety has been reported to impact over 40 million Americans. Yet, only about 40% of Americans affected by anxiety ever seek professional help. Since yoga emphasizes breathing and meditation, the result is a soothing effect on the mind and body. Also, yoga is a form of exercise, and exercise helps combat anxiety. All in all, yoga can help regulate the way a person responds to the stressors of life.
Practitioners of yoga often report improved sleep. Yoga’s ability to relax the mind and the body helps to reduce cortisol levels and tension. Additionally, yoga can actively stimulate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. This leads to greater levels of relaxation in the body, and it allows for a deeper and more restful sleep. Basic yoga poses known to help improve sleep include Hero, Cat and Cow, and Child Pose.
If you offer yoga at your gym or studio, your customers and clients will reap the benefits. Members that regularly participate in yoga will enjoy improved flexibility and greater cardiovascular health and circulation. They will reduce their tress and anxiety and tackle their weight-loss goals. To top it all off, participants will sleep more soundly at night. Benefits like these can be life-changing for members. In turn, you are creating loyal long-term members. Happy, healthy, loyal members are always music to an owner’s ears!
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