Women and men practicing yoa in a park

Great Exercise for the Body and Mind

Are you among the more than 20 million Americans who practice yoga? If not, you may find that this ancient practice can deliver real benefits in our modern world. These days you don’t have to be super-flexible nor twist yourself into a pretzel to participate. Yoga can be practiced by women of all ages and stages of life. Yoga studios are found in nearly every NJ town and many gyms offer yoga classes.

Yoga is practiced in many forms, some aimed at flexibility, others at building strength. The health benefits of this form of exercise are many and include:

  • Stress relief
  • Increased flexibility
  • Stronger bones and lower risk of fractures
  • Improved sense of balance
  • Relief from some types of chronic back pain
  • Lower blood pressure and improved heart function

However, the best reason to practice yoga is because it feels good. There’s a sense of accomplishment in mastering the poses and most yoga sessions leave you with a feeling of serenity.

Speak with your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise regimen. Dr. Amy Siegel will answer your questions about healthy exercise and all other women’s health issues.

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