For centuries people have been practicing yoga and incorporating it into their daily lifestyles. Whether you take a yoga class at a gym, have private sessions, or do it in the convenience of your own home with a DVD, yoga is very popular. It has also become more main stream in the urban communities thanks to celebrities such as Russell Simmons and Tia Mowry just to name a few, bringing awareness to the health and mental affects yoga has on the mind, body and soul.
I started doing yoga years ago for personal benefits in regards to stretching my body. It wasn’t until most recently that I realized that yoga does have benefits that also help the mental mindset. Discovering a natural stress reliever is very beneficial when you are out trying to accomplish goals and dealing with the everyday hassle of life. Negative stress can have a downward spiral affect in your life if it is not conquered before it is too late.
According to the American Yoga Association, the effects of anxiety are magnified when the body is not exercised: tension in the muscles builds, breathing remains constricted most of the time, and the mind has no rest from the whirling thoughts and feelings that feed the anxiety. Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life. The American Yoga Association program to reduce stress in the body, breath, and mind does so by building coping skills with a small daily routine of exercise, breathing, and meditation. A few Yoga exercises practiced daily (especially if they are done just prior to meditation) help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. 
Doesn’t that sound refreshing?!? In the midst of all your daily struggles and trials you can still naturally heal your mind and re-charge yourself and start each day with a fresh start. Try a few of these poses to start your new yoga journey, plus check out the web and YouTude channels for more information and tips. And remember sharing is caring. Please leave a comment with your favorite yoga exercises.