Yoga is an ancient healing technique that is so much more than just stretching and touching your toes. Over the years, science has provided some clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay. Yoga promotes whole body wellness physically, psychologically, and spiritually, and once understood, it will be more motivation for you to get on your mat. Here are five ways yoga can help heal the body.

Yoga helps to release muscle tension. It helps your body relax and move with more ease, fluidity, and less pain and as our muscles lengthen, flexibility increases.

Yoga energizes the body by stimulating our energy pathways while helping to release energy blockages so we can improve our physical and emotional health.

Yoga calms the mind and reduces stress. It helps to center the mind, so you make empowered, rational choices and decisions in your day-to-day life.

Yoga helps you breathe better to feel better. The quality of our breath reflects how we are feeling. Our mind affects our breathing, and our breathing affects our mind. Use your breath to calm the mind to increase your peace.

Yoga helps you sleep better by helping your body and mind relax. Yoga, combined with proper sleep, helps to reduce cortisol, stress, and inflammation that affect all levels of health.

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