Are you beginning to feel your age? Do you wake up in the morning with stiff muscles? Is it taking you longer than usual to recover after playing sport? Or do you find it difficult to get up from your seat having sat down for a long period? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, don’t worry, this is a natural part of getting old.

However, it doesn’t have to be like this. Taking up yoga could be your savior so how can it help you?

  1. Improves flexibility

Touching your toes has never been further away but after a few yoga classes this could be possible. Tight muscles are the cause of a range of pains you might have around your body including back or knee pain. Yoga could be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

  1. Improves posture

As your muscles strengthen and loosen due to stretching, they will be better able to support your spine, neck and head, helping to alleviate pain and decrease the chance of getting chronic back when you are older.

  1. Improves concentration

Part of yoga is concentrating on your breathing to help you focus. This can help boost productivity in work, can act as an effect stress reliever while it has also been found to reduce anxiety.

  1. Improves balance

Whether starting off standing on one leg in the tree pose or, for the more advanced, doing a pose balancing on your hands, yoga can help with stretches that at one stage you thought impossible. This improved balance can help while playing sports and can also decrease the risk of falls when you are older.

  1. Injury prevention

In strengthening your muscles and improving your balance, yoga will have the effect of reducing your risk of injury. Joints and ligaments will be more robust and better able to deal with the stresses sport can put on your body.

  1. Mental health

Yoga is said to have a string of mental health benefits. It improves user’s self-esteem by allowing them to examine their feelings and giving extra inner strength. Helping with increased introspection, yoga can also benefit your relationships and your day-to-day life.

If you have any mental or physical health issues than yoga could be the answer to all your prayers. Making you feel younger and more stress free, yoga will offer an improvement in all aspects of your life.