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Strike a pose...

Most of us join a fitness studio or gym for the health benefits of regular exercise. And as women we particularly tend to think that cardio is coolio for burning calories and shedding a few pounds. And well... it is!

But let's chat a bit about the benefits of YOGA that you may or may not already know!

Maybe you're already regularly hitting yoga classes... or maybe you've been to one of our epic Yoga Uncorked events... or maybe you've seen the list of Mind/Body classes on our schedule and are still wondering what exactly are the benefits of that format? And by the way... you can find a description for ALL of our classes here if you haven't checked out our cute little website lately!

Here's an excerpt from an article on the Health Benefits of Yoga:

Yoga for Flexibility

Yoga poses work by stretching muscles. They can help you move better and feel less stiff or tired.

At any level of yoga, you'll probably start to notice benefits soon. In one study, people improved their flexibility by up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga.

Strike a Pose for Strength

Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga, are very physical. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone.

But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or hatha, can provide strength and endurance benefits.

Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose.

When done right, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.

Better Posture From Yoga

When you're stronger and more flexible, your posture improves. Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength, since you need your core muscles to support and maintain each pose. With a stronger core, you're more likely to sit and stand "tall."

Yoga also helps your body awareness. That helps you notice more quickly if you're slouching or slumping, so you can adjust your posture.