Hatha yoga is great for stress relief and stress management. Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its because it is slower paced and because it incorporates simple movements. These qualities make the practice relaxing and fluid-like.
The benefits of yoga are numerous. They include:
Stress reduction- A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, according to MayoClinic.com. It also improves your mood and overall sense of well-being.
Improved Fitness- Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. By improving on these three areas, you will be less likely to injure yourself while preforming other exercises, sports or activities
Management of chronic conditions- Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure, according to MayoClinic.com . Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia, the article goes on to say.
Awareness- Practicing yoga and moving through different flow series can help align your body,breath and mind, and can also make you aware of problematic areas or areas of tightness or soreness on your body. Also, with your attention focused inward you can become more aware of the way you habitually think and respond to situations, according to LiveStrong.com. Yoga can help you become more self aware.