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Meghan Bradley, Staff Reporter

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Staying healthy is beyond important, for it is very beneficial in maintaining a long and happy life. Everyone knows the basics- eating healthy, exercising daily, etc. These are great methods for the upkeep of one’s physical health. But what about one’s mental health? Many people forget about mental health, constantly stressing and feeling unenergized. Yoga is a great way to destress.

Yoga provides numerous benefits. Flexibility, muscle building and relief of stress and pressure from daily life are just a few of the benefits. When taking one’s first yoga class, one may find it challenging to bend the body in certain ways. After about a week, improvements may be noticeable. Stretching one’s body through yoga yields to eliminating nagging aches and pains – an opportunity that no one should pass up.

Yoga also helps in the production of healthy muscles. Sure, people can go lift weights at the gym, but by doing this they risk losing some of their prior flexibility. The poses in yoga are challenging and they work out some of the muscles one normally does not use.  This is a great way to look and feel good.

With the stress of  high school, yoga can also benefit in helping one’s emotional state. It helps one to focus and concentrate, as well as aids in sleep. Regular practice of yoga is proven to improve coordination, relax breathing and so much more.

This activity is a great way to improve physical health, without sparing one’s emotional health. There are several places around town that offer yoga classes, and enrolling in one can be very beneficial.

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