Say “Om”: 6 Benefits Of Regular Yoga Practice

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On a scale of 1-10, with one being completely calm, and 10 being as stressed as you can be, how would you rank right now? Think about a couple factors that might be contributing to the stress: school, work, kids, friends.

Now try this quick exercise. Close your eyes. Let your body relax. Hunch your shoulders toward your ears. Let them drop. Breathe in and out through your nose for five seconds: 1...2...3...4...5.

Now – I’ll ask you again. On a scale of 1-10, how stressed out would you say you are right now? Did you number decrease after the brief breathing exercise? If not, would you at least say that you feel a little bit more relaxed?

Between work, the kids, relationships and other obligations, it’s amazing that mothers can get anything done. But today I want to introduce you to a new activity that can help you relieve stress and burn calories: Yoga.

Now, if you're like me you might turn your nose up at the idea of yoga. I used to think it was lame, just a bunch of breathing and stretching. That's not real exercise, I'd say.

But then I learned there is so much more to yoga. Even as celebrities like Tia Mowry and Russell Simmons have embraced the practice and raised awareness about it, there is still some mystery around the centuries-old art. Do you know what yoga can do for you? Here's just a few benefits:

Have you given yoga a try? What did you think? What are some of your favorite poses?

Tara Pringle Jefferson is the founder of and the author of Make It Happen: The Young Mommy Guide To Creating The Career You Crave. Follow her on Twitter or check out her blog for her insights on what it means to be a mom, wife, student, writer, and about three other labels she’s too tired to remember.




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  • Lala Fisher

    Yoga rocks!! I have been practicing Yoga (hot, hatha) for the past five years and it is definitely an exercise that heals your body from the inside out. I advise anyone that does any type of exercise to incorporate yoga at least twice a week, and see how wonderfully your body responds. Not to mention it helps to meditate before and after to clear the mind.