It has been proven in numerous clinical studies that Yoga is a very effective means of relaxation and improving overall body function.

Physicians who are suspicious of some alternative therapies, often support the practice wholeheartedly. Developed and perfected over centuries, Yoga came to the West and is currently helping millions of people to reach greater overall health and wellness.

For many reasons, it is a perfect complement to your anti-aging program.

There are many different aspects to yoga. Practicing the full spectrum integrates your mind, body and spirit. The idea is to execute a series of poses, while breathing in a deliberate manner. Practiced properly, it is a moving meditation.

An anti-aging exercise routine has different goals than just exercising for the sake of fitness. Improving your strength, balance and flexibility will make the most difference to how you are aging.

Besides the traditional walking and weight-lifting, Yoga is excellent for maintaining your body’s overall wellness (for the long run).

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The main part of physical yoga consists of postures. These postures, in Sanskrit, are called asanas. The word asana means ‘a comfortable, stable pose.’ Asanas are specially designed (through thousands of years of trial and error) to strengthen, purify and balance the endocrine, nervous and circulatory systems. In all styles, asanas are practiced with specific types of breath control exercises.

The benefits are huge and lasting. Some of them include:

  • Greater endurance and flexibility (excellent for staving off the stiffness that is generally associated with aging)

  • Dramatically improved balance (important for prevention of falls which account for a huge percentage of hospital visits for people over 55)

  • Natural detoxification and weight loss (helpful for decreasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and digestive disorders)

  • Normalization of blood pressure Improved circulation and ease of breathing

  • Boosting your energy and helping you cope more effectively with stress

So you know that you want to try Yoga, but there are so many styles and types to choose from, you’re probably wondering, “Which one is the best for me?”

All the different are based on the same physical poses but each style or practice has a different intent. This is why it is important to understand the emphasis of each type so that you can get what you want out of your practice.

You can read some brief descriptions of the most popular and widely available yoga styles by clicking on yoga types. Then you can figure out which one will best suit your personality, your anti-aging goals, your abilities and your needs.

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