Yoga has a myriad of health benefits but is still overlooked by many when considering exercise.

Yoga is a practice that involves both the mind and the body.

The practice originated in ancient India and people have been practicing it ever since. A typical yoga class would include meditation, physical postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation.

Check out the benefits and give it a try:

— Variety- There are many different types and intensities of yoga so there is a style for just about everyone

— Low Impact- Get a full body workout without stressing your joints

— Improve Flexibility- Increase your range of motion and improve mobility

— Increase Strength- Regular practice of yoga will improve strength in your abs, back, arms, and legs

— Convenient- You can do yoga almost anywhere, you only need enough space for a yoga mat

— Disease Management- Like all exercise, yoga can help manage or prevent conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease

— Stress Management- Many find yoga to be relaxing and soothing which helps improve mood and emotional wellness

— Improve Coordination- The movements and poses in yoga can help improve your mind-body awareness

There are many variations and adaptations that can be made for those that have limitations.

Just because you have an injury or aren’t as flexible as some other participants doesn’t mean that you can’t do yoga.

A good instructor can help guide you through and get you started are the right path.

Tyler Glidden is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness and a master’s degree in Exercise Science.