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Updated by Joanna James on Mar 12, 2018
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Health benefits of Yoga – More than pretzel shapes

The practise of yoga has been in existence for over 5000 years, and this form of exercise does more than twist your body in to weird pretzel shapes!

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Muscle Strength

Forget about going to the gym for this! Practising the ancient art of yoga everyday will build and improve your muscle strength better than a gym could. Having strong muscles, however, do more than just make you look good, they reduce the risk of getting back pain and arthritis, while also being super flexible. Many Ayurveda treatments in Sri Lanka include a few yoga poses that will go well with the treatments you receive. Each specific pose of your yoga routine is designed to improve the strength of your muscles all over your body. Yoga centered accommodation options such as Heritance Ayurveda Mahagedara that also focuses on ayurvedic treatments can be found all around the island of Sri Lanka.

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Neck and back pain

The modern world is ever changing and with the rapid advancement of our society and our inherent dependency on technology, we succumb ourselves to a wide array of pains, especially lower back pain and neck pains. Regularly practising yoga postures can improve and strengthen a weak back and any pains in your neck. Desk jobs and smart phones are the most common causes of these two pains.

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Stress and anxiety

If you're feeling too stressed out and find that you're always anxious, and then yoga postures that help you calm down and relax will reduce your stress and anxiety levels. The art of yoga encourages and requires you to slow down, breathe and pace yourself, and those who practise this ritual and combine it with their daily routine will find that their daily stress and anxiety levels will drop down a couple of notches.

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Increases blood flow

The practise of yoga increases your blood flow, with poses like the handstand, headstand and shoulder-stand. Once you master the art of perfectly aligning your body as you practise these poses, the circulation of blood will be increased, especially to your hands and feet. It is known that yoga also helps your cells to get more oxygen. Yoga also helps increase red blood cells and haemoglobin levels, which can decrease your chances of being affected by a stroke or heart attack.

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Posture

If you're working a 8-5 desk job, there's a high chance you slouch over your keyboard 80% of your day and probably go back home with an achy back. However, once you get home, if you spend about 15 – 30 minutes stretching out your back with a number of yoga postures, you'll not only eliminate any aches, but this will inherently improve your body posture, whether you're sitting, standing and even walking.

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Focus and relaxation

Practising a daily yoga routine will help you breathe, relax and focus on the more important and finer things in life. It will also lower your heart rates and decrease blood pressure, while increasing the flow of blood to your reproductive organs and intestines. Daily yoga routines enable the person to improve their coordination, memory, IQ scores, patience and reaction time.

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