Guest writer for Wake Up World
Yoga postures may not be something you’ve thought about for the purposes of improving your overall health and wellness. But research shows that even a daily, two-minute routine can strengthen core muscles throughout your body. Simple yoga moves can also improve your balance, increase your flexibility and even boost your mood. They can be tailored to every fitness level and come with advantages for your attitude and outlook, as well.
Performed daily or at least three days a week, slowly but surely you’ll find yourself becoming stronger, more flexible, and with a fresher outlook for your day. Special equipment is not a requirement. You need a few square feet of space and a mat, but don’t let that stop you from starting now. If you want, you can get that later.
One of the appeals of yoga is that it’s considered low impact, which means that it won’t jar your bones. It’s also excellent for relieving stress.
Men’s Fitness recently observed, quoting Sadie Nardini, host of Rock Your Yoga: “Along with training your body, yoga trains your mind to see the bigger picture and act from integrity instead of freaking out. If you want to be more James Bond than Charlie Sheen, get yourself on the mat.” 1
For increased flexibility, yogi, author and Ayurvedic practitioner Cameron Alborzian advises, “Think of the body as a sponge filled with dirty sink water. Gentle twists help to wring the sponge out and purge toxins.”
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