Yoga: A Mental, Physical & Spiritual Workout

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The art of Yoga has been perfected by centuries of research and practice of this holistic mind-body exercise form.

A recent study observed the effects of a group-format Yoga program on levels of depression, anxiety and perceived stress among incarcerated women who share a disproportionate burden of mental illness. The study found that women who participated in the 12-week program (two sessions per week) experienced fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety over time.

Findings from this study help to support the widely-held position that Yoga not only promotes physical health, but also mental and spiritual health. 

Yoga offers a complete body workout focused on all body parts including the internal organs. It is a proven way to lose weight, maintain the body and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

This exercise also trains the wandering mind to become sharper. Yoga is comprised of various poses intended to improve concentration, develop focus and relieve stress.

From a spiritual perspective, Yoga teaches us to let go of negative thoughts which have the ability to hold our contentment and health. The various relaxation techniques embedded in Yoga help to methodically relax each part of the body, promoting a connection between the mind and the soul and finding peace.

Why not try it for yourself? To find a Yoga class near you, visit YogaFinder.com. For the curvy sisters out there, visit CurvyYoga.com.

And, do check out the Yoga playlist above to help guide you through your own at-home exercise.

Dr. Kim

Dr. Kimberly S. Clay, aka Dr. Kim, is Executive Director and founder of Dallas-based charity, Play Like A Girl!®. On a mission to inspire women and girls across the globe to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle, Dr. Kim has set out to finally triumph in her own struggle with obesity by creating what she calls her "best me yet" in 2014-15. Sisterbration is the space she has dedicated to documenting the journey and her musings.

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