If you’ve never done yoga before, then you’re in for a treat. Many people have a misconception about yoga. They think it’s a bunch of people who sit with their legs crossed in meditative positions for hours on end. While meditation and connecting with your inner self are an important part of yoga, this isn’t what yoga is all about.
Rebel Studio in Jacksonville is a hybrid boutique studio that specializes in yoga, barre, and cycle classes. We believe each has a place in your fitness routine and offers many benefits when combined together. In this blog post, we’ll focus on the benefits of yoga. Contact us today to get started!
BENEFITS OF YOGA
Improves Your Flexibility
Many people don’t realize the importance of flexibility. Increasing flexibility can prevent injury since your muscles and tendons will have the mobility to move instead of pulling on bones and joints. Practicing yoga will help you reduce joint pain as your muscles and tendons loosen up, and you’ll be able to touch your toes again with practice. Staying flexible is especially important as you age.
When we say you’ll build muscle, we’re not talking about the bodybuilder-type muscle here. Instead, Rebel Studio in Jacksonville wants to emphasize that the muscle you will build will be toned and strong, not big and bulky (in fact, you can only “bulk up” in such a way by lifting heavy weights). However, by using body weight exercises, such as the poses yoga is known for, your muscles will quickly become firm and strong. Building muscle has many benefits, including preventing health conditions, such as arthritis and back pain, helping to prevent falls in seniors, and helping you to lose weight. The losing weight one may shock you, but it’s true. This is because muscles burn more calories than fat, so you will burn more while at rest — and who doesn’t want that?
Improves Your Posture
If you’ve seen pictures of people doing yoga, then you’ve probably seen them sitting up nice and tall with straight backs and holding poses with perfect form. Poor posture can contribute to many health problems, including back, neck, and other problems. Slouching strains our neck muscles and can cause soreness. If you slouch perpetually, the muscles in your back that you are supposed to be using won’t be used, so they will begin to weaken, causing your body to subconsciously slouch. Further on down the road as we age, this can cause degenerative arthritis of the spine. In essence, bad news. Yoga will help train your body to stay in the right positions.
Increases Your Blood Flow
Any type of physical activity increases your blood flow. Here at Rebel Studio in Jacksonville, all of our barre, yoga, and cycle classes are guaranteed to get your heart pumping blood throughout your body. That being said, yoga exercises and relaxation techniques especially are good for blood circulation through your hands and feet, which can cause a lot of problems as we age without adequate blood flow. With more blood flow, you are getting more oxygen to your body’s cells, which they need to adequately function. Twisting poses are good for internal organs, and doing inversion techniques, such as handstands, encourages blood to flow from your legs to be pumped back to your legs with renewed oxygen flow. This can help with swelling in your legs and varicose veins. Yoga can also help decrease the risk of a heart attack because it increases your level of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your body’s tissues. This increased oxygen level decreases the risk of blood clots, which are a major cause of heart attacks.
Makes You Happier
Most of us could use a bit more happiness in our lives. Practicing yoga helps to increase serotonin levels in your body and a decrease in cortisol, which can contribute to stress. Any type of exercise that gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing can help decrease depression. After all, you’ll feel better about yourself as you see changes in your body. Plus, you’ll likely make friends in yoga classes who will also help you to feel less lonely and sad. Having others in the yoga class that you know will also increase your motivation to show up to class and help with accountability in your fitness goals.
HOW REBEL STUDIO CAN HELP WITH ALL OF YOUR FITNESS NEEDS
Rebel Studio in Jacksonville cares about the entire person — body, mind, and soul. We aim to help you improve all of these aspects in your life through physical movement and connecting your mind to your body. We want to challenge you as you grow in your exercise journey and find the balance you are seeking.
Rebel Studio in Jacksonville offers a variety of yoga classes to suit everyone. For example, our Power Up Power Down yoga class focuses on power flow yoga and deep stretching in order to restore your body and release tension. Our Yin Yoga class focuses on shapes, breathing, mindfulness as awareness as you release tension as well. The Power Hours and Power Max classes keep you flowing and breathing. Our Rebel HIIT class will get your body moving and your blood flowing as we combine strength and cardio yoga movements.
Your life is what you make of it, and we here at Rebel Studio want to help you reach your fitness goals so you can live the best life ever. Contact us today to get started!