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Health Report: Fairbanks studio talks health benefits of regular yoga practice

September is National Yoga Awareness Month
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 4:54 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Back in 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated the month of September as National Yoga Awareness Month in order to inspire individuals to live a healthy lifestyle by educating the general public about the health benefits of yoga.

It’s no secret that regular practice of Yoga can yield a myriad of improvements to a person’s physical and mental health. Studies show regular yoga practice can improve heart health by lowering blood pressure - a risk factor for heart disease. It can also help to lower cholesterol levels and resting heart rate, as well as help maintain a balanced metabolism, and improve cardio and circulatory health.

Getting involved in any new kind of exercise program can be an intimidating prospect for beginners so we spoke with Amanda Eckert, a local Yogi at Fairbanks Trax Yoga about what people curious to try yoga can expect.

“You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. You can be at any fitness level. There are many different kinds of classes. There are classes that are more for strengthening, and there are those that are way more relaxing. It just has a lot of great health benefits, it’s good for stress relief, [and] it lowers blood pressure. It can just really be for anybody.” Eckert said.

There are also many varieties of yoga that people can practice based on their preferences for difficulty and exercise type.

“Typical Yoga like vinyasa flow, which is very basic, is where you do your warrior poses. There’s also Yin which has a lot more deeper stretches, and that’s very low impact I would say. There’s pilates also, so you can incorporate Yoga and pilates for people who do like the more higher intensity stuff.”

People can learn more about National Yoga Awareness Month at: http://www.yogahealthfoundation.org/yoga_month

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