The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper has said, “Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” Many people tout the positive effects of yoga, and the mind-body discipline has been shown to have a positive effect on scores of health issues, but a new Norwegian study is one of the first to explain why it does all this great stuff. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that after a four-hour yoga practice, the body experiences a significant change in gene expression. Up to 111 genes express differently after yoga, compared to 38 after a relaxing walk with music. What does this mean? It means that yoga can be a more effective than traditional exercise in creating health benefits, especially dealing with stress.
One of the great things about yoga is that anyone can do it—young or old, heavy or thin, flexible or inflexible. Even if you are short on time, 5 minutes is all it takes to do a few poses. Every little bit counts. And most importantly, the only item you really need is yourself.
To help you on your yoga journey, we have collected several resources below. Do you have your own favorite online yoga resources? Let us know in the comments below!
Everything You Need to Know (yoga.com)
A Plethora of Yoga Videos to Do at Home (tarastiles.com)
A Specific List of Benefits (mindbodygreen.com)
Affordable Yoga Retreats (sheknows.com)