What are the benefits of trying yoga breathing for relaxation? Well, how about reduced stress, an improved sense of calm and even the potential to live longer? These are just some of the possible effects of doing yoga, according to a recently published book on the subject.
Written by William J. Broad, a health expert at the New York Times, the text has received widespread publicity recently for its skeptical yet evenhanded inquiry into the benefits of yoga.
Yes, Broad infamously noted that yoga can result in injury. However, his examples centered on overly strenuous forms of the regimen, not to mention over-enthusiastic beginners who pushed themselves too far, too fast.
On the other hand, Broad pointed out something else that has gotten less media attention – namely, that yoga is often great for your health!
He mentioned numerous studies that establish the physiological and psychological benefits of holistic stretching and meditation. Some of these investigations even noted a tenuous connection between doing yoga and living longer.
Not bad for such a simple, relaxing mind-body system. If you're interested in blissing out today, consider stopping by your nearest California yoga studio!