Maria Coleman of Comhcheol Arts and Wellness is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She does classes suitable for beginners and improvers, chair yoga, yoga for children and teens, and has also qualified as a pregnancy yoga specialist.
Yoga cultivates flexibility, strength, peace of mind and body acceptance. It boosts circulation, energy levels, metabolism, immunity and mood. The practice originated in India, at least 5000 years old. The word 'Yoga' means 'to unite,' and the practice uses postures, breathing and meditation to creates balance between body, mind and spirit bringing a harmonious union to the different strands of our lived experience.
Modern scientific studies are confirming the benefits that centuries of practitioners already knew. For example, research shows immediate improvement in brain function, stress relief and flexibility. Over months it can reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels, relieve chronic pain, and anxiety. It can also improve lung capacity, balance and sexual function. Over years it can promote stronger bones, help maintain a healthy weight and lower the risk of heart disease.
Here's a visual summary of recent scientific research on yoga's benefits
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