Yoga is a mind-body exercise that blends strengthening, stretching, deep breathing, and meditation. Research suggests it not only helps people stay fit. It may also help calm the mind, relax the body, and lessen stress.
But how does yoga do this? Researchers are still exploring the mechanisms. Some studies have found that it may:
Other studies have found that yoga increases the amount of gray matter in areas of the brain used for thinking and memory.
That’s a long list of fitness and stress-easing benefits from one mind body practice. If you’ve never tried yoga before, talk to your doctor first to make sure it’s safe for you. And do your research. There are many different types of yoga, so explore which one will be right for you.