Have you thought about your New Year's resolution yet? Every year, millions of Americans vow to start exercising, quit smoking, get outdoors more often or reconnect with family and friends. Depending on the goal, some of these resolutions can fall apart fast. This is why it may be a good idea to consider taking up yoga breathing exercises in 2012.
You see, whether it's yoga breathing for relaxation, pain relief, weight loss or a flat stomach, such exercises can do wonders for your mental and physical well-being.
Consider what the medical literature has to say about yoga-based breathing techniques:
- A study published in the Medical Science Monitor found that fast yoga breathing appears to help the body burn more carbohydrates.
- Another report, this one appearing in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, determined that yoga-guided respiration helped patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder breathe deeper and experience greater relaxation.
- Wildest of all, a study included in the journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences concluded that yoga breathing may even increase lifespan.
Why not resolve to breathe in a holistically healthy way this coming year? It's good for you!